$4.7 billion in state, federal funds coming to Michigan communities
LANSING, Mich., March 24, 2022 — House Democrats voted today to spend nearly $5 billion on infrastructure projects throughout the state, mostly centered around vital water infrastructure projects. House Democrats have been pressuring the Republican majority for months to allocate federal dollars into Michigan communities, and the impact of this supplemental spending will be felt for generations.
“Today we’ve invested nearly $5 billion in our infrastructure to provide security and safety for all Michiganders. Democrats have been working for projects like these for a long time, we’ve been loud and tireless advocates for safe drinking water and investments in resilient water and road infrastructure,” said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township). “These federal dollars will benefit Michigan families for many years, from their ability to trust that their first drink of water in the morning is free from lead and PFAS contamination to the safety of their families on our roadways. We will continue to push our legislative partners to spend all available federal dollars because projects like we’ve funded today make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and our communities.”
In addition to more than $2 billion in funding for water projects, Senate Bill 565 includes funding for housing improvements, energy infrastructure, accessible high-speed internet, transportation projects and more.
“Our funding package directly attacks some of the biggest infrastructure problems facing Michigan families with lead service line removal and PFAS remediation, money for pump station generators along our roadways, and critical investment in our roads and bridges,” said state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit), Democratic vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “We have been fighting to get these federal dollars out into our communities and now we can use them to ensure Michigan families can trust the water from their faucet, that their streets remain safely passable during weather events, and that our state is built for safety and resiliency.”