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News Advisory


Contact:

Roger Martin, APR
Martin Waymire
(517) 485-6600, Cell (517) 290-2330
rmartin@martinwaymire.com

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017

As State Lawmakers Head to Mackinac Island to Talk Infrastructure, Michigan Voters and Employers Want Action and Solutions

WHO:      American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan; Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce; Transportation Asset Management Council; Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association/ www.FixMIState.org; County Road Association; Michigan Department of Transportation; Michigan Municipal League; Michigan Association of Counties

WHAT:     News conference to call on the Legislature to get to work on finding a long-term solution to fixing Michigan’s infrastructure (roads and bridges, dams, community drinking water systems, stormwater and wastewater sewer systems)

WHEN:       11 a.m., Tuesday, May 30 (the first day of the annual Detroit Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference)

WHERE:     Michigan Municipal League, 208 N. Capitol (at Ottawa), downtown Lansing

DETAILS:    As state lawmakers travel to Mackinac Island this week to talk infrastructure and other issues, it’s time to stop talking and find a solution. Our cars rattle down some of the nation’s worst roads. The Flint water crisis makes national news. Sinkholes swallow homes and crumble roads in Fraser, in and near Grand Rapids, and, just last month, in Hamburg Township. E coli contamination closes nearly 100 Michigan beaches every summer. Billions of gallons of sewage spill into rivers, lakes and bays across the state. Hundreds of dams across Michigan long ago exceeded their service life. Michigan’s infrastructure gets a “D” grade from ASCE. In recent polls, voters ranked fixing Michigan’s infrastructure as the top issue facing our state. Fixing infrastructure is a top priority for the business community — the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM). Following months of research and public meetings, the Governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission in December and BLM in January concluded that fixing Michigan’s infrastructure will cost $4 billion more, each year, for about the next 20 years. Despite all of this, the Legislature has no plan and no long-term solution to fixing infrastructure. In fact, the Legislature just eliminated all funds from the Michigan Infrastructure Fund.

For additional information contact the Michigan Municipal League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (734) 669-6317 (office) and mbach@mml.org.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.

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