Senate passes $110 million capital construction bill

first_imgThe Senate unanimously passed a capital construction bill, H. 445.  The bill is expected to provide jobs to thousands of Vermonters through renovation and construction of state buildings, water infrastructure projects, and improvements in forests and parks. Roughly $110 million will be invested into projects throughout the state, and the bill provides for $70 million in proposed borrowing, Additional funding comes from approximately $39 million in federal stimulus funds and about $400,000 from reallocations of previous capital projects.  The bill will now be considered by a Senate and House Committee of Conference.The bill spends $19.5 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars for water pollution control through sewer projects and $19.4 million of ARRA funds for drinking water projects.  These investments in our water resources will provide jobs and result in cleaner water for Vermonters for generations to come.The capital bill also includes $6 million to be invested into a state park renovation initiative.  This investment into our state s natural resources will include a parks conservation corps that will employ disadvantaged youth, a number of energy conservation and renewable projects and infrastructure improvements that will include building repair, wastewater projects and road upgrades.  A majority of these projects are shovel ready and will be handled by small contractors throughout the state. It has been my priority this session to provide good job opportunities for Vermonters, said Senator Shumlin.  The capital bill does just that by generating thousands of jobs for Vermonters. The state park initiative in the capital bill will create jobs in rural areas of our state and invest in the future of our state parks, said Senator Scott, Chair of the Senate Institutions Committee. Source: Senator Shumlin’s officelast_img

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