Rep. Joe Bellino today supported a historic plan in the House to 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 Monroe County roads,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “The components of this bill will greatly benefit the community we live in.”
Other 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.
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.
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. More support would be provided for affordable housing, along with mortgage and rent assistance.
The House on Wednesday approved an extensive bill package, with Rep. Bellino’s support, to help strengthen people’s civil liberties by updating and clarifying executive and emergency powers.
State Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe, today released the following statement criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new call for a sales tax pause after she previously vetoed three bipartisan tax relief plans passed by the Legislature:
“I am urging the Natural Resources Commission to rescind new deer harvest reporting requirements, which I believe are unjust. These mandatory requirements include criminal penalties for those who fail to comply. I am sympathetic to the need for deer population monitoring, but the seven unelected members of the NRC simply do not have any right to enforce criminal penalties.
State Rep. Joe Bellino and Sen. Dale Zorn today announced the Port of Monroe, and the Arthur Lesow Community Center (ALCC) in Monroe will receive nearly $13 million in funding as part of the final budget proposal approved today by the Legislature.
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