State Legislature approves over $4 billion infrastructure repair plan

Mich. (WNEM)- Michigan’s House and Senate on Wednesday approved a $4.8 billion supplemental budget bill to help set several infrastructure priorities.

The plan includes funds for clean water, park development, affordable housing, road repairs, better broadband access, and dam safety and repairs.

House Speaker Jason Wentworth has made dam safety a priority in the middle of Michigan. House Republicans outlined a $500 million dam repair and replacement plan in 2021.

“What happened to the people who live in this area may never happen again,” Wentworth said. “We must secure these aging dams and replace the crumbling essential infrastructure in our own backyards before anyone suffers the struggle and loss that our friends and neighbors have seen. This plan will repair dams, protect local families and their homes, and finally give everyone here some long-awaited peace of mind.

Wentworth represents Gladwin County, where the Edenville Dam failure began.

Residents affected by recent flooding from dam failures can contact their local government to find out when the $60 million will be available to disperse.