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Gazette opinion: House Bill 439 - Let's create jobs by investing in Montana's future. Your Help is Needed!

March 23, 2011View for printing

The best plan in the 2011 Legislature for creating jobs in the upcoming biennium while investing in Montana's long-term future received strong bipartisan approval Monday in the House Appropriations Committee.

By a vote of 15-6, the committee recommended passage of legislation to build up Montana's education and agriculture research infrastructure, preserve state history and improve veterans care.

House Bill 439 proposes that the state issue $89 million in bonds to be repaid over 20 years to update university facilities in Billings, Bozeman, Missoula, Dillon and Havre, to provide a portion of the funding for an expanded Montana State Historical Museum across the street from the Capitol, to upgrade state ag labs and ag experiment stations and to help build a state veterans nursing home in Butte.

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Attention Montana! Your help is requested on HB 439. Please contact your legislators.
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