Earlier today, the governor issued his line-item vetoes of the state’s bonding bill. $319 million in projects—mostly those deemed to have questionable statewide impact—were eliminated from the bill. The governor’s letter to legislative leaders detailing these reductions can be found here.
Funding for the Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) grant survived the governor’s veto pen. The allocation amounts to $8.5 million, excluding earmarks, which is one of the highest amounts ever achieved for this grant since the its inception in 2003. While we are disappointed in the earmarks, we are pleased that the bill still received over $8.5 million in a difficult bonding year. This grant will help dozens of cities secure or attract jobs in their communities.