Still No Montana Infrastructure Bill
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2900) 3 years ago
Well, once again here in Montana, there is no agreement at the state legislature about an infrastructure repair bill. Given that no infrastructure repair bill was passed in the last two legislative sessions, this should have been something easy to agree about fairly early on this session. Even worse, at this late stage of the game, the longer there is no agreement at the legislature in Helena, the more expensive the disagreement costs -- $50,000 per day for the next five days.

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http://mtcowgirl.com/2017...rl+Blog%29

http://www.bozemandailych...68268.html
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2900) 3 years ago
Oops! They did it again! For the third time! I cannot believe it! But it's true!

Today, (04-28-17) the Republican controlled Montana House and Senate adjourned the 2017 Legislative Session without passing an infrastructure repair bill. That means no roads, bridges, state buildings or anything else will be repaired or built here in Montana until after the 2019 legislative session. And, who knows, maybe even then they won't be able to agree on an infrastructure bill. What are these legislators thinking??? Or, not thinking??

No infrastructure bill also means that here in Montana there will be no jobs for people in the construction industry, as well as other critical infrastructure repair being done for the next two years.

I simply cannot believe that this has happened again. For the third time! Call me incredulous!

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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2900) 3 years ago
Time for a little Brittany Spears singing, "Oops, I did it again!"

I'm imagining Montana's Republican legislators singing it to their constituents about why no infrastructure bill was passed in 2017 for the third time in a row.

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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2900) 3 years ago
"Dozens of Montana schools that were counting on state funding to replace crumbling roofs and old boilers are out of luck. The same goes for rural areas looking to upgrade their aging water systems and colleges and universities that planned to expand or renovate buildings on their campuses."

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http://www.miamiherald.co...41134.html
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2900) 3 years ago
This is what the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) wrote about Montana schools in their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card.

"Montana has over 2,000 school buildings that 144,129 students attend. 68% of these schools were built prior to 1970. 40% of Montana’s schools have fewer than 50 students, and others range from remote, one-room schoolhouses to larger community schools stretched to capacity. A 2008 assessment reported that $903 Million was needed to bring all Montana facilities to good condition. A bottom-to-top statewide school facilities review revealed that 66% of schools showed signs of damage and wear, as well as environmental needs such as HVAC, roof, and electrical issues. Recent energy conservation efforts have begun to curb some energy costs. However, available grant funding was not enough to address incomplete exterior wall insulation, a deficiency in 43% of schools, and incomplete roof insulation, a deficiency in 48% of schools. Montana’s children deserve safe, healthy schools in which they can focus their efforts on learning."

You can read what the ASCE engineers have to say about the condition of other parts of Montana's aging infrastructure -- the wastewater systems, dams, drinking water, irrigation canals and waterways, transportation, transit and solid waste systems -- at the links provided below.

Thanks to the Republican controlled 2017 Montana State Legislature, none of these systems or buildings will be repaired or upgraded.

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http://www.infrastructure...ucture.pdf

http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2900) 3 years ago
This is a photo of what happens to aging infrastructure that doesn't get repaired.

This is what the GOP legislators said to their constituents who depend on roads, bridges, etc. "Yes, the ideas to repair them sound nice. Anyway, no deal! Too bad! It is only a matter of time until something really bad like this happens in Montana.

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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-243) 3 years ago
Montana Coal Severance Trust Fund sure isn't honey pot for Montana Liberals.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16559) 3 years ago
Reply to The man from snowy plains (#371828)
The man from snowy plains wrote:
Montana Coal Severance Trust Fund sure isn't honey pot for Montana Liberals.


That is probably one of the stupidest posts I have ever read on this site. And believe me, I have read a lot of stupid posts here. I will give you the benefit of doubt and assume it is Friday night and you probably should not have pulled that 9th can of Busch Light from that 18 pack.
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-243) 3 years ago
Gunner wake up a bit cranky?
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16559) 3 years ago
No, just trying to converse in the written English language. Most of us who graduated from CCDHS, would agree that is not a difficult thing to do.

That said, that got me thinking, man from the snowy plains: did you receive your education in Glendive, perchance?
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