He told me about the “Long-term Missoula highway funding” that comes about through the new highway bill.
He has a lot more info on his site, as well as commentary from Montana officials.
The highway bill will be for 5 years and it’ll cost the country $305 billion.
It passed the U.S. House on December 3, the Senate soon after, and was signed into law on Friday, December 4.
It’s 1,300 pages long and filled with “terribly dry, boring government jargon,” according to the Verge.
The site makes note that it’s the first “surface transportation bill funded for longer than two years in almost two decades.”
It seeks to fix our crumbling infrastructure, at least that associated with highways, and that’s a good step forward.
There are a few problems, however. Some say we should have adjusted the gas tax to help pay for this, which hasn’t been done since 1993.
Another contention is that $90 billion of it could have been paid for if we’d just go after all the corporate tax dodgers that simply refuse to pay taxes.
Oh well, Congress is broken and we all know it.
For Montana, the highway bill gives $2.2 billion to Montana projects, according to Daines.
That comes to 425 infrastructure projects.
Missoula will be getting $9.3 million for “city planning and public transportation.”
Additionally, Montana will get $1.6 million for trails every year for 5 years.
What’s more, we get $127.7 million for “highway safety improvements” over the next five years too.
Daines mentions that he “helped successfully reverse the $3 billion in cuts to the federal crop insurance program.”
All in all, good show.
We’re getting money from the feds to see to infrastructure.
Since we know we need $13 billion to fix everything we’ll only need about $10.5 billion more.
Get to work, boys.