Montana leaders so far can't agree on infrastructure projects as Legislature nears end
HELENA - Both Republicans and Democrats promised infrastructure funding would be their top priority, but many legislators now say they are unsure if a bonding bill can secure enough votes.
“I honestly don’t know,” Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, said.
Legislators have less than three weeks to craft a compromise.
Because bonds are a form of debt, an infrastructure package must secure a two-thirds vote from both the House and Senate while also being supported by Gov. Steve Bullock. Senate Bill 367 would issue $98 million in new debt to fund a variety of projects. It passed the Senate 34-16 and now sits in the House Appropriations Committee, which expects to review possible amendments and vote on it Monday.