Schweitzer Officials Discuss Stimulus

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s office is meeting with Montana architects and engineers in anticipation of receiving federal stimulus money for infrastructure projects.

The governor and his cabinet officials say there are many details still to be learned about the federal program, which is still in Congress.

But the administration says it wants to identify areas that could logjam projects facing strict deadlines. Montana could get $250 million for highways and roads and another $170 million for other infrastructure, like schools.

Dozens of contractors attended the Monday meeting. They told the administration that delays on some environmental permits will need to be minimized.

Administration officials say they are looking for ways to make sure the money gets on the ground quickly.

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