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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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Road Bonding Drives Forward

Jan 31, 2020

On Thursday, the State Transportation Commission authorized the sale of $3.5 billion in road and bridge building bonds. Called for by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in her State of the State address, the Commission unanimously voted to authorize the Department of Transportation to sell the bonds for 49 projects throughout the state. The vote also accelerates […]

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Senate Legislation Requires Study on Toll Roads

Jan 31, 2020

The Senate passed a seven-bill package they believe will improve infrastructure policy in Michigan. Among the many changes, it requires the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to study the feasibility of toll roads on Michigan bridges or roadways. Other changes include: MDOT would be required to develop a highway construction inflation index by March 1, […]

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House Approves Broadband Expansion Legislation

Jan 24, 2020

This week the House passed legislation that aims to expand high-speed broadband service to rural areas throughout Michigan. The bills, introduced by Representative Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), allow Michigan electric cooperatives to use their electric easements to add broadband service to existing lines. Part of the package protects against legal issues that other states have faced […]

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Legislation Introduced Changing Bond Authority

Jan 17, 2020

Senator Roger Victory (R-Georgetown Twp.) introduced legislation changing the way the state can bond for infrastructure projects. Under the bill, the State Transportation Commission (STC) would be required to notify the legislature 30 days prior to issuing any transportation bonds in excess of $100 million. It also provides the legislature with the authority to reject […]

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Legislation Allowing Local Fees and Taxes Introduced

Sep 20, 2019

Legislation was introduced this week giving local governments authority to levy their own taxes to help pay for infrastructure improvements. The bipartisan package was introduced by Representative Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann) and Representative Tim Sneller (D-Burton). The proposal allows a local government to put on the ballot a registration fee or excise fuel tax, which […]

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Water Infrastructure Conference Announced

Aug 09, 2019

In order to facilitate discussion on the critical water infrastructure needs in the Great Lakes Basin, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is hosting their first-ever Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference next spring. The regional conference will identify the water infrastructure challenges faced by the Great Lakes region and discuss solutions to those […]

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Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment

Jul 19, 2019

The Michigan Department of Transportation is inviting public comment on their draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). STIP is a federally required planning document listing the road, bridge, and transit projects located in rural areas that the state plans to fund with federal aid. It includes a compilation of transportation projects that will be authorized […]

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