Capitol Connection Newsletter: Nov. 23, 2021
In This Issue:
- Infrastructure Bill Signed Into Law, What Now?
- MDHHS Issues Mask Advisory for Holiday Season
Infrastructure Bill Signed into Law, What Now?
Last week, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This legislation represents over a decade of hard work, and it will bring billions in desperately needed investment for our roads, bridges, airports, broadband and more.
Focusing on our infrastructure is one of the top priorities for the LRCC membership. We applaud all members of the House and Senate who voted to pass the much-needed infrastructure bill, especially Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06), who are members of the Problem Solvers Caucus.
Why It Matters
Our business community has repeatedly said that infrastructure is one of the main priorities to work with elected officials to solve. Infrastructure investment is vitally important to our region because it attracts businesses and people.
What Michigan Will Receive
- $7.3 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs
- $563 million for bridge replacement and repairs
- $1 billion for public transportation
- $100 million for broadband coverage
How Much Will the Greater Lansing Region Receive?
The LRCC’s government affairs team is working with our partners at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, and the Capital Council of Government (CAPCOG) to better understand how these dollars will flow from the federal government to state to our region.
MDHHS Issues Mask Advisory For Holiday Season
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a mask advisory on Nov. 19 that recommends individuals age two and up wear face coverings in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. With the increasing rise in COVID-19 and flu cases, the mask advisory is intended to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses during the holidays. Learn more.