Gov. Whitmer Signs Bills Protecting Construction Workers, Providing Funding to Local Roads

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed her 800th bipartisan bill since the start of her term.

Officials say House Bill 5286 will better protect the state’s construction workers as they fix the roads.

Additionally, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 465 and 466, which provide more road funding to local agencies, as well as Senate Bill 618, which adjusts interest rates for qualified school bond loans, saving schools money.

“Today, I will be signing four bills, including my 800th bipartisan bill,” said Governor Whitmer. “Since I took office, I have been focused on getting things done and I will work with anyone to deliver on the kitchen-table issues that matter most to Michiganders. Today, 800 bipartisan bills later, I am proud of the work that the Michigan Legislature and I have collaborated on. Together, gotten a lot done. We have continued fixing our roads and bridges, empowered Michigan’s economic development, lowered costs with auto insurance reform, helped hundreds of thousands of Michiganders through historic criminal justice reform, and so much more. I look forward to the work ahead as we continue focusing on our shared challenges and putting Michiganders first.”

House Bill 5286 amends the Michigan Vehicle code to empower Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), a county road commission or a local road authority to implement traffic control measures and a digital message board displaying the speed limit required when workers are present in order to improve safety of construction workers.

Senate Bills 465 and 466 will require MDOT, under certain conditions, to award money from the State Trunkline Fund to road agencies, allowing local road agencies to construct projects with less expense while meeting federal requirements.

The bill would also require MDOT to make specific state trunkline fund monies available for the local federal aid exchange program.

The amounts for each state fiscal year (FY) are the following:

  • FY 2022-23: $25.0 million.
  • FY 2023-24: $35.0 million.
  • FY 2024-25 and each subsequent fiscal year: $45.0 million

Furthermore, Senate Bill 618 adjusts the School Loan Revolving Fund (SLRF) interest rate.

The SLRF is a self-sustaining fund that assists school districts with making debt service payments on state qualified  bonds issued under the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program.

The bill will set a new floor rate at the average annual cost of funds used by the state to make qualified loans, resulting in significant immediate savings for schools.