Gov. Brad Little signs bill putting money into public buildings

Posted at 2:35 PM, Mar 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-17 16:35:41-04

BOISE, Idaho — Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 225 into law on Thursday, the third bill in the "Building Idaho's Future" series that makes investments in critical state priorities. The bill directs close to $90 million to the state's Permanent Building Fund to pay for projects and repairs in public buildings.

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“Idaho is in a unique position to support our already booming economy through additional investments in critical infrastructure projects. I appreciate my partners in the Legislature – especially the floor sponsors, Senator Kevin Cook and Representative Wendy Horman – for recognizing the need to build Idaho’s future through investments in capital projects,” Governor Little said.

House Bill 225 appropriates funding for the following projects:

  • Replacing dorms at the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy, a program located in Pierce to help high school dropouts turn their lives around and become productive citizens
  • Improvements to the University of Idaho Parma agricultural research campus to help promote agriculture and rural Idaho
  • New Future Tech facility at the College of Eastern Idaho to support workforce development
  • Two new University of Idaho greenhouses to increase seedling production and promote healthy forests
  • Replacing and developing needed facilities in Idaho’s correctional system and juvenile corrections system