Governor says special session likely for August

Governor Phil Bryant says he expects a special session to happen next month and said an infrastructure bill will be on the docket.

“Working with the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker I think you are going to see an infrastructure bill before the end of August, probably middle of August, that will create a lot of jobs and make a lot of bridges safe for the motoring public,” Bryant said.

However, the question on everyone’s mind has been where the money will come from for the much-needed infrastructure upgrades. Bryant said the Supreme Court has something to do with where they will get the money as some of it may be coming from sports betting revenue and online sales taxes.

“We still have work to do, working with the department of revenue, but I think if you put those together with a state lottery, with some additional bonding authority that we have (revenue bonds) which means the money is there to pay for it,” Bryant said. “You are going to get close to $200 million for infrastructure year in and year out.”