Michigan is poised to spend nearly $3 billion to upgrade or expand aging water, road and broadband infrastructure. It’s a big deal, but experts contend the state should be spending even more than that every year.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leader struck a deal late Wednesday on a massive spending plan that will use state and federal stimulus funds for what they call “transformational” infrastructure projects.
Gretchen Whitmer’s $74 billion budget would be by far the largest in state history. But problems with roads, schools, infrastructure and broadband have been years in the making and became worse in the pandemic.
The once-in-a-generation legislation promises to bring more than $10 billion in public works aid to Michigan, a state in dire need of upgrades to roads, dams and bridges, drinking water systems and other protections against climate change.