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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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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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