LANSING — As a result of the bipartisan and historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Michigan will receive more than $10 billion for major improvements to Michigan’s infrastructure. This varied set developments estimated to create thousands of good-paying union jobs include:
- $7.3 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs
- $1.3 billion for crucial water infrastructure improvements
- $1 billion to diversify and improve public transportation
- $563 million for bridge replacement and repairs
- $363 million for airport infrastructure development
- $110 million over to expand a charging network for electric vehicles
- $100 million to provide broadband coverage
And yet, the entire Republican gubernatorial field continues to remain silent in the face of this massive boon to Michigan’s economy and workforce. Instead, they have all stayed focused on the past, locked into their crusade to either fully relitigate or cast doubt on the outcome of the 2020 election.
Not one of the 12 gubernatorial candidates in this crowded primary have passed up the opportunity to either voice support for an audit, echo conspiratorial claims, or throw their support behind any legislation that will make it harder for all Michiganders to vote.
James Craig, Garrett Soldano, and Tudor Dixon have especially gone out of their way to support an Arizona-style “audit” in Michigan, despite the multi-million dollar sham exercise reinforcing the fact that there was no evidence of fraud and actually netting more votes for Biden than in the certified results. Ryan Kelley infamously participated in the violent insurrection on January 6th.
MDP spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite issued the following statement:
“Unfortunately, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act won’t go towards repairing whatever broken mechanism this crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates is using to set their policy priorities. It’s undeniable that this historic investment in Michigan will greatly benefit working families and only increase the pace of our already robust economic recovery. Michiganders deserve to know whether the candidates running for governor support these historic investments in repairing and replacing our infrastructure.”