Stamas supports ‘transformative’ $4.7B infrastructure plan

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Thursday voted for legislation to invest $4.7 billion in making critical improvements to the state’s water, transportation, broadband and parks infrastructure.

“I have long said that we should take this unique opportunity to use an unprecedented level of federal funding to make long-term changes that will benefit the people of Michigan for decades instead of growing the size of government,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Senate Bill 565 will do that by providing critical funding to help our communities improve their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, support dam safety, boost broadband connectivity, and enhance our state and local parks.

“By successfully working together, we reached an agreement on historic funding to make Michigan an even better place to raise a family, live and work — and I look forward to seeing the results of these transformative 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.

The bill features $200 million to rebuild Midland-area dams destroyed or damaged in 2020, 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, 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.

“Outdoor recreation is a significant part of life for many Michigan families, and this provides much-needed funding to improve our state and local parks, so people can enjoy them for generations to come,” Stamas said. “After devastating flood damage and the destruction of two mid-Michigan dams in 2020, we vowed to recover and rebuild. This plan includes vital funding to make that a reality and help ensure no other community experiences such a disaster.”