Further Breakdown of the Building Michigan Together Plan

On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the Building Michigan Together Plan.

The plan is a bipartisan legislation that invests almost $5 billion into the state’s infrastructure. It includes plans to protect clean drinking water, improve state and local parks, build more affordable housing, begin dozens of new road and bridge projects, and expand high-speed internet.

The water infrastructure part of the plan is getting nearly $2 billion with $210 million going directly to Midland and Gladwin counties.

The money going to those counties will be to repair the dams. This comes after the flooding in 2020 from heavy rain and dam failures causing ten thousand people to evacuate from those areas.

Another $40 million will go toward addressing dam repairs and removals across the state.

The dam funding is not the only thing coming from the water infrastructure portion of the bill. More than $1 billion is going toward drinking water improvements which includes projects like replacing lead service lines, tackling toxic contaminants, and assistance for small and disadvantaged communities. The rest is going to clean water initiatives to address storm and wastewater.

Michigan parks are getting $450 million invested into them. Most of the money is being used for large projects outside of the 9&10 viewing area, but $65 million will be invested in local community parks.

The money will be used by the Michigan DNR to issue grants for local park infrastructure needs. This will help support more than four thousand local parks and trails all across Michigan.

Overall, the plan is giving state parks $250 million and local park systems are gaining $200 million.

The Building Michigan Together Plan is also focused on funding housing in underserved rural and urban areas.

This includes $150 million for housing and home improvements by breaking it down into smaller projects that include investing $50 million in the Housing and Community Development Fund, $50 million that will incentivize energy efficiency, $83 million going toward COVID-19 emergency rental assistance and $121 million that will help Michigan homeowners avoid foreclosure.

The plan will also invest $645 million into Michigan’s transportation infrastructure.

This includes investing $317 million to road and bridge programs. The plan also includes making sure the state transportation infrastructure is more resilient to future flooding events by adding generator backup power to all 164 state-owned pumping stations.

Airport infrastructure improvement grants will be given $98 million and public transportation as a whole will receive $66 million in order to improve.

The rest will be an investment in the statewide Mobility Futures Initiative.

The last thing the plan focuses on is connecting households and small businesses with high-speed internet. The plan gives $250 million to improve access and use of broadband to Michiganders so they can compete in a 21st century economy.

To see the breakdown of the plan for yourself, click here.