On Thursday, the 12-member Board of Trustees of the state Institutions of Higher Learning (commonly referred to as the College Board) voted to make a request for the upcoming 2018 legislative session of building projects totaling $506 million. Those projects will be pared down during the legislative session.
IHL officials say they have an urgent need because during the 2017 session, no bond projects were awarded as negotiations broke down between the House and Senate leadership. The dispute centered around how large the bond bill should be and how much additional money there would be for transportation needs. The House leadership had proposed a package totaling about $190 million – about $40 million more than the Senate wanted – according to various sources.