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Infrastructure insider details Michigan’s $80b plan

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A state committee is recommending Michigan spend $4-billion per year to reinvest in public infrastructure, including roads and bridges.

A new report out this week says Michigan should spend at least $4-billion each year for the next 20 years to patch up its aging public infrastructure. We talk about the recommendations with Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

In early 2015, as the scope of the Flint water crisis was coming to light, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed a new commission to look into the state’s aging public infrastructure. The health hazards posed by Flint’s deteriorating lead service lines brought the importance of re-investment into sharp focus. Now, less than a year after its first meeting, the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission has issued its recommendations to the governor.

Current State talks about these developments and a road map for Michigan’s future with Mike Nystrom. He’s a member of the committee and the executive vice-president of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA).

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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