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Behind the 8-Ball on Infrastructure

How critical is the need to fund infrastructure in Montana? One indication is the 320 applications the governor’s office received from counties, cities, and water districts seeking funding through the federal ARPA program. The total amount of funding requested would twice exceed what is available through ARPA.

Now, the US Senate has reached a tentative deal on a separate infrastructure spending package, but critics have charged too large portion of that $1 trillion spending plan funds social programs that are not infrastructure.

Today, as Darryl James, Executive Director of the Montana Infrastructure Coalition joins us, we’ll explore the need for infrastructure improvements, and try to understand how Montana and the rest of the country got so far behind the 8-ball on meeting its infrastructure needs.

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