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.
Rep. Outman voted in opposition to the state budget proposal brought forth by House Democrats in majority on Wednesday. The representative criticized the plan’s out-of-control measures that churn through taxpayer dollars while requiring little-to-no transparency and accountability.
“Delivery and installation are services – not products. They shouldn’t be subject to sales and use tax. No longer will the Department of Treasury be able to use this part of the tax code to impede on the success of Michigan’s small businesses.”
State Rep. Pat Outman today expressed his gratitude to the Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation for selecting him as its legislator of the year. The organization stated that Rep. Outman was selected because of his efforts to support autism awareness and his commitment to making Michigan a more inclusive environment for those with autism.
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