Zorn supports landmark $4.7B infrastructure plan

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday voted for legislation to invest $4.7 billion in making critical improvements to the state’s infrastructure. The bill now heads to the governor.

“This landmark funding plan will make historic investments in our state’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, our local communities, and our parks and trails,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Rather than waste our federal funding on simply expanding the size of government, we’re putting it to good use to make positive, long-term improvements that will help make Michigan a better and safer place to live and work.

“In addition to the nearly $317 million in federal funding in the bill to fix aging roads and bridges, I was able to secure $3 million for a congestion relief project on Secor Road in Monroe County. This critical funding will help make this local construction project a reality.”

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.

The bill features $250 million to help improve broadband connectivity to more households and small businesses, $250 million to rebuild dams destroyed or damaged in 2020 and prioritize risk reduction projects at other dams in the state, over $322 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds for small local governments, $504 million in federal rental and mortgage assistance funding for those experiencing a pandemic financial hardship, and $450 million to make infrastructure upgrades at state and local parks.

SB 565 also 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, and $92.8 million for airport infrastructure projects.