Lawmakers debate bills on infrastructure, abortion
March 22, 2017
HELENA -- As Republicans and Democrats grapple with how to fund statewide infrastructure projects at the Montana Legislature, one bill in the House aims to put that decision in the hands of local voters.
House Bill 577, introduced by Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, would allow cities and towns to adopt an infrastructure tax on luxury goods and services at a maximum rate of 4 percent. However, the tax would have to be approved by local voters.
“House Bill 577 empowers our cities, towns and counties to solve their infrastructure problems,” Fern said.
The bill would allow taxes on goods and...