Rep. Pat Outman today voted in favor of a historic plan in the House to fix roads, protect drinking water, upgrade parks and make other important improvements to state and local infrastructure.
“My colleagues and I put forth a comprehensive plan to benefit all of Michigan,” said Outman, of Six Lakes. “These measures will help ensure Michigan’s foundations are strong for generations to come.”
Components of the $4.8 billion plan, which was approved by the House, include:
Safe, clean drinking water: A nearly $2 billion investment will help provide safe drinking water and “clean water” grants in Michigan communities – combatting PFAS, replacing lead pipes in Benton Harbor and other communities, establishing “healthy hydration” centers in schools, and improving sewer systems.
Road and bridge repairs: More than $380 million will assist state and local projects across the state. Additional resources will support airports and other transportation projects.
Parks and recreation: A $250 million investment will improve state parks and an additional $200 million will benefit new local parks projects.
Technology and energy: A $250 million investment will boost access to the broadband internet needed for work, school and everyday life. A $25 million investment will make low-carbon energy options like natural gas more widely available.
Community support and development: Local communities would receive $322 million in COVID relief and $46 million to protect against falling revenue that impacts critical local services. There is also $35 million for a failing septic system loan program. More support would be provided for affordable housing, along with mortgage and rent assistance.
In addition, a plan including measures to stabilize and improve service at Michigan’s struggling Unemployment Insurance Agency passed the House today. An additional $100 million investment will help offset fraud and bolster the benefits trust fund, which fell from above $4.5 billion to under $1 billion during the pandemic. The new investment comes in addition to the $150 million deposit approved by the Legislature in January.
The measures, Senate Bill 565 and House Bill 5525, will soon advance to the governor for her expected signature.
State Rep. Pat Outman (R-Six Lakes), who serves on the House Energy Committee, issued the following statement celebrating the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approval of the Line 5 Tunnel permitting process: “Michiganders encountered significant energy setbacks over the past week, with rising electricity rates and the looming threat that Gov. Whitmer’s green energy mandates […]
“Rate increases like this are just the beginning of what’s ahead for Michiganders under Democrats’ Green New Deal. Just one day after the governor signed the plan into law, we’re already seeing detrimental impacts.”
“Michigan families are already paying too much for electricity that isn’t reliable,” Outman said. “Rural communities like ours have experienced energy outages in recent years that only stand to get worse under these bills. The people of Michigan don’t want this plan, that’s why Democrats are stepping in to force it on them regardless of what local communities have already decided.”