LANSING — After months of complete silence on the issue of infrastructure, James Craig has opted to attack the historic and bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that recently became law. While he has refused to speak to Michigan voters or reporters about infrastructure, in a weekend fundraising email, Craig’s campaign referred to the historic investment in local communities and massive job creator as a “DC bailout” and argued that “improving our state starts here at home, not in Washington.”
It’s no surprise that the same gubernatorial candidate that said infrastructure was not “one of my priorities” hasn’t noticed the work Governor Whitmer has been putting in since day one to get Michigan’s roads and bridges back on track.
Since coming into office, Governor Whitmer has repeatedly shown leadership by working with anyone to deliver crucial wins for hardworking families and small businesses. The infrastructure investments she secured by signing the most recent state budget do just that. It features $229M slated for road and environmental infrastructure to improve or fully replace 100 local bridges, aid local municipalities with future extreme weather preparation, and replace lead water pipes. And previously, she took action to secure $3.5 billion in funding for 122 major roads projects across Michigan – without raising taxes.
MDP spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite issued the following statement:
“James Craig’s campaign has finally broken its silence on infrastructure by hurling criticisms at this once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix our roads, bridges, and lead water pipes – the exact solution that strengthens our local communities, keeps our working families employed, and ensures Michigan’s economy remains strong. That’s not leading from the front, it’s hiding behind hyperpartisan attacks at the expense of keeping Michiganders first. Meanwhile, Governor Whitmer has been delivering the wins our working families need most with critical investments into our infrastructure since long before this new law became a reality.”