Rep. Bob Bezotte today supported a historic plan in the House to secure rural broadband funding, fix roads, protect drinking water, upgrade parks and make other important improvements to state and local infrastructure.
“I am happy to help secure funds for rural broadband expansion in Michigan,” said Bezotte, of Marion Township. “This measure along with other mechanisms of the plan will greatly benefit our state for years to come.”
Other components of the $4.8 billion plan, which was approved by the House, include:
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.
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.
Dam safety: More than $300 million will help upgrade aging and obsolete facilities, with about $200 million headed specifically to the Midland and Gladwin county dams that failed in May 2020.
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.
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. More support would be provided for affordable housing, along with mortgage and rent assistance.
State Rep. Bob Bezotte today expressed disappointment after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed the Legislature’s bipartisan proposal to provide tangible tax savings for Michigan workers and retirees as the state continues to be gripped by skyrocketing inflation.