LANSING, Mich., May, 11, 2023 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed its recommended fiscal 2023-24 budget yesterday. It includes the largest investment in education in Michigan’s history and substantial investments in workforce recruitment and retention, infrastructure, and public safety. It also allocates hundreds of millions toward local road repairs throughout the state. After the vote, state Rep. Nate Shannon (D-Sterling Heights) issued the following statement on the transportation budget: 

“With the release of Michigan’s mediocre infrastructure grade, it was important to provide the necessary budget to have the ability to uplift and refurbish Michigan’s infrastructure, roads and bridges for faster, safer and more convenient travel. This budget embodies a clear goal to continue to get Michigan roads, infrastructure and mobility in tip-top shape — with $400 million for local road preservation, rail grade upgrades and air service and airport revitalization. 

“A good budget means better safety for those behind the wheel. Let’s be honest, money is what drives construction forward — mobility brings Michigan together, and that was made possible today with the passage of these funds. It is an opportunity to work full steam ahead for the development toward making Michigan mobility faster, safer and more reliable, and we will promote this with the $6.8 billion for the transportation budget alone  — you can’t beat that.”