LANSING — The bipartisan and historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is set to create thousands of good-paying union jobs for Michiganders, while delivering more than $10 billion for major improvements to Michigan’s infrastructure. They include:
- $7.3 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs
- $1.3 billion for crucial water infrastructure improvements
- $1 billion to diversify and improve public transportation
- $563 million for bridge replacement and repairs
- $363 million for airport infrastructure development
- $110 million over to expand a charging network for electric vehicles
- $100 million to provide broadband coverage
Yet despite this major win, Republican gubernatorial candidates like Tudor Dixon called the infrastructure bill “fake” – showing that no amount of good policy would deter her kneejerk hyperpartisanship.
Somehow, that’s more attention than James Craig bothered to give to coming up with common-sense solutions for Michigan’s infrastructure. In September, he said improving roads and bridges was not “one of my priorities” and admitted he had no plan to do so.
And as far as the other candidates in this 12-person primary are concerned, working families have no idea whether they view the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as “fake” like Dixon or a huge opportunity to keep Michigan first.
MDP spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite issued the following statement:
“It’s impossible to understate what a huge boon the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is for every corner of Michigan. Tudor Dixon knows that, but can’t help herself from clinging to hyperpartisan opposition to fixing our state’s infrastructure and creating good-paying union jobs. The question the rest of the entire 12-person field wrapped up in this messy primary, needs to immediately answer for Michiganders is if they’ll be joining her in her short-sighted game or exhibit some leadership by acknowledging this major win for Michigan’s economy and working families.”