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Bizon votes to make $4.7B infrastructure investment into state’s water systems, roads, internet, parks

LANSING, Mich. Sen. John Bizon, M.D. on Thursday voted to send legislation that will invest $4.7 billion into making critical improvements to the state’s water, transportation, broadband and parks infrastructure onto the governor to become law.

“This critical investment into the state’s infrastructure will benefit communities across the state for generations to come, including many in my own district where there is tremendous need for water, sewer and septic system upgrades,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Utilizing one-time federal funding to make these generational enhancements is a great relief for Michigan taxpayers, who will not be burdened with additional tax levies to fund these necessary public investments.”

Senate Bill 565 would use $4.1 billion in federal funding and $571 million in state resources to make important infrastructure investments across the state, including over $1.7 billion to help communities improve their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure — with at least 25% of drinking water funds dedicated to replacing lead pipes. It designates $50 million to help install filtered water stations in schools, $60 million to help reduce PFAS or other contaminants from drinking water, $35 million to fix failing septic systems.

The bill features nearly $317 million in federal funding to fixing aging roads and bridges, $250 million to help improve broadband connectivity to more households and small businesses, over $322 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds for small local governments, $92.8 million for airport infrastructure projects, and $450 million to make infrastructure upgrades at state and local parks.

“This legislation will help provide for clean water, safe road and bridges, more reliable internet, and enhanced park spaces for generations to come,” Bizon said.