Numerous County Commissioners testified 1/16/15 on SB 2103. The bill is designed to release $845 million early so dollars can be used for the spring construction season. The money would be dispersed across the state to cities, counties, schools & townships. The bill had it's first hearing 1/16. No one testified against the bill.
Another bill being considered is Gov. Jack Dalrymple's "jump-start" bill that's pegged at $873 million and part of his overall $3.7 billion proposal to help western North Dakota's oil-producing region address its rapid growth.
The key difference in the fast-track funding bills is the amount of money that would be spent on state highways. The governor's bill sets aside $450 million for state roads.
The bill by Armstrong, whose district is within the state's oil patch, gives no money to state highways but directs all funding to cities, counties, school districts and to communities outside the oil region.
ND committee considers 'surge funding' for infrastructure. Read more...