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Bullock signs infrastructure bills that he says will boost local economies

Posted at 11:43 AM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 19:51:46-04

HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock signed Friday a group of infrastructure bills aimed at supporting local economies across the state and create good-paying jobs, according to a press release from his office.

“These long-term investments in every corner of Montana will have a lasting impact that allows urban and rural communities to sustain strong economic growth,” Bullock, a Democrat, said. “Montanans can be pleased knowing our political system still works and long overdue community development projects are a result of lawmakers coming together over shared values and priorities.”

The bills allow for the investment of nearly $400 million in projects that will provide clean drinking water, safe wastewater, storm systems, bridges and buildings, according to the governor’s office.

The infrastructure upgrades will include a new Montana Heritage Center, the renovation of Romney Hall at Montana State University, a new Dental Clinic, an Assisting and Hygiene Lab at Great Falls College,  repairs or replacements for 14 bridges, and 51 water, wastewater and storm system projects.

The bills that were signed: HB 5, HB 6, HB 7, HB 8, HB 10, HB 11, HB 553, SB 553 and HB 652.

Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney will be visiting infrastructure sites in Polson and Red Lodge early next week.