The legislative session is off and running in Bismarck -- and decisions that will be made in the House and Senate chambers will be critical to numerous projects planned in the Minot region.
One such project that could be due to get a shot in the arm is the proposed new airport terminal project.
Governor Jack Dalrymple has proposed spending 60 million dollars this biennium at airports being hit hard by the oil boom.
For Minot, the hope is to secure close to half of that for work on the new terminal.
Funding would be coming from numerous sources...but it would include the state government along with the FAA and local bonding.
Andy Solsvig says he has been encouraged by lawmakers from across the state showing interest in the project and recognizing the need to do something to upgrade air travel in the state...
(Andy Solsvig - Minot Airport Director) "Minot is one of those airports. We are pushing for about 25 million that we can match with local bonding efforts in an effort to keep our project moving forward."
Solsvig says word on any FAA funding could come as soon as spring...but could also be delayed until the end of the fiscal calendar in the fall.