Advocacy News – November 9, 2021
In an unusual late-night session Friday, Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, now headed to President Biden for his signature. The sweeping legislation will allocate federal funding for a broad array of infrastructure projects, from bridges and roads to water and broadband. All in all, the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act translates to over $10 billion that will soon be on its way to Michigan coffers.
Some of the more specific breakdowns of program funding include:
- $7.3 billion to fix state roads and $563 million for bridge replacement or repairs.
- $1 billion to improve public transportation across the state.
- $1.3 billion to improve water infrastructure to address Michigan’s 500,000 lead service lines, as well as some 11,000 sites affected by PFAS.
- $100 million to expand high-speed internet access to an additional 398,000 Michiganders.
- $110 million to boost the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
With the Michigan Legislature and Whitmer administration still at odds over how to spend billions in COVID-19 relief dollars, it is unclear as to when and how this new influx of federal infrastructure funding will be spent.
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