ICYMI: Lt. Governor Gilchrist Discusses Impact Of Infrastructure Law In Michigan On BBT Press Call
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2022
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ICYMI: LT. GOVERNOR GILCHRIST DISCUSSES IMPACT OF INFRASTRUCTURE LAW IN MICHIGAN ON BBT PRESS CALL
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist joined a press call hosted by Building Back Together to discuss the positive impact of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Michigan. In the last year, $5 billion in funding has already been approved for over 170 infrastructure projects statewide — with more on the way.
In the year since President Biden signed this historic legislation, projects have gotten underway across the country to rebuild and modernize infrastructure, improve roads and bridges, replace lead pipes to provide clean water, expand access to affordable high-speed internet, fix supply chains to lower costs, and create good-paying union jobs that don’t require a college degree.
Key Quotes from Lt. Governor Gilchrist:
“Through the [Bipartisan Infrastructure Law] and our partnership with the Biden-Harris Administration, we’re showing that when we focus on very practical problem solving, and creating the infrastructure that supports economic opportunity, education, [and] health, we can improve the lives of the people of our state, we can build smoother and safer roads and bridges for our motorists, boost access to public transportation across communities, expand who can experience high-speed internet access and who can afford it, and help families know that the water coming out of their faucets is safe to drink.”
“People, families, companies want to invest in places where infrastructure is strong. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and I are committed to continuing this collaboration with the Biden-Harris Administration […] to make sure we put every [Bipartisan Infrastructure Law] dollar to work at its highest and best use here in the state of Michigan.”
See more from the call below:
Michigan officials are using this week’s one-year anniversary of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to highlight its impact on the state. Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist says billions of dollars from the act have already gone toward road and bridge repairs, water infrastructure, and public transportation. He says $5 billion will go toward projects like upgrades to the Soo Locks, Detroit Metro Airport, and internet connectivity.
Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the Bipartisan Infrastructure law and with that – a lead to greater access to broadband internet will soon come to Flint. Solid infrastructure, roads, water, internet – these all make up the true foundation for economic progress within our communities. Lt. Governor Gilchrist mentions that access to high-speed internet is a high-priority that the Whitmer-administration is racing to make attainable for all Michiganders.
Already, IIJA investments in Michigan have been assigned to finance a $377.8 million increase in road and bridge funding for the Michigan Department of Transportation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, as well as a $316.7 million boost for preexisting road and bridge projects appropriated in a FY 2022 supplemental. Although multiple appropriations connected to the IIJA have been made, Michigan is still positioned to acquire more than $10 billion in the aforementioned five-year period. Formally, $5 billion from the federal act has been directed to back more than 170 specified projects across Michigan.
“The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has helped pay for Michigan roads, bridges and water improvements in the years since it was passed. That’s among the takeaways from an update Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist gave Thursday. […] Gilchrist says dozens of planned projects have been made possible by the federal infrastructure law, including upgrades to the Soo Locks.”
“Michigan officials are highlighting how the state has spent federal money from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the year since its passage…Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist says billions of dollars have gone toward roads, bridges and public transportation.”