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Senator Introduces $1.5 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Jun 11, 2021

Utilizing one-time Federal Funding, Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) introduced legislation that would provide funds to repair every severe bridge in the state. Of the nearly 12,000 bridges in Michigan, 7,038 are managed by local municipalities. Of that, over 400 are in critical need of repairs. This bill would fund repairs for all those bridges […]

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Dashboard Launched Tracking Road Projects

Apr 02, 2021

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) launched a new dashboard allowing the public to track programs under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program. The site includes MDOT’s five-year plan, as well as an in-depth look at the governor’s program. An interactive map shows the location, scope, and progress for each project, along with a statewide […]

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Public-Private Partnership Legislation Moves Forward

Dec 04, 2020

The Senate advanced legislation this week aimed at helping locals address infrastructure needs. The legislation, introduced by Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth), Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), and Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City), allows municipalities to enter into public-private partnership to improve aging infrastructure, to help with management of local bridges. The four-bill package was reported by […]

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Governor Announces MI Clean Water

Oct 02, 2020

An historic $500 million investment into rebuilding the state’s water infrastructure was announced this week. The funding will provide direct investments into communities, while supporting over 7,500 jobs, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. MI Clean Water confront the large infrastructure issues the state is facing, such as lead-laden water service lines, toxic contamination like […]

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First Installment of Infrastructure Bonds Sold

Sep 18, 2020

The Department of Transportation closed on an $800 million bond issue, marking the first installment in Governor Whitmer’s $3.5 billion Rebuilding Michigan program. The bonds will cover the cost of rebuilding some of the state’s most highly traveled freeways. The State Transportation Commission authorized the sale of $3.5 billion in bonds in January, backed by […]

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House Introduces Road Funding Plan

Mar 06, 2020

A multi-bill package was introduced this week making changes to the way taxes paid on fuel are distributed. The plan would eliminate the sales tax on fuel over the next three-years and replace it with an equivalent, revenue-neutral tax on fuel, which would be dedicated solely to roads. It’s estimated the proposal would generate $800 […]

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State Bonding Reforms Approved

Mar 06, 2020

The Senate approved of a resolution and legislation making reforms to the process the state uses to bond for transportation projects. Under the proposed changes, the State Transportation Commission must notify the legislature of its intent to issue over $100 million in transportation bonds at least 30 days prior to authorization. The legislature would have […]

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Committee Hears Testimony on Road Bonding

Feb 07, 2020

This week, the House Transportation Committee heard testimony on the governor’s plan to issue bonds to pay for improvements to roads and bridges in Michigan. The Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba was on hand to provide an overview of the strategy. First called for in the State of the State, the plan, known as […]

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