Infrastructure: Investing in our Future
Our communities and our economy need better infrastructure now. Let's get it done.
Infrastructure is central to the well-being of communities and the ability of individuals and families to live, work, and flourish – and for businesses to thrive. Everyone in Michigan has a story about the worst pothole they've ever driven over. I hate potholes. And I’m embarrassed that forty percent of Michigan's roads are in poor condition, far higher than the national average. Poor conditions on our roads can lead to expensive trips to the local repair shop, accidents, injury, or even death. And, bad roads are bad for our economy.
While potholes are the most visible symptom in our under-funding of infrastructure, our water systems pose a growing risk to the health of our children and communities. Recent studies indicate that Michigan may have more than 11,000 sites contaminated with PFAS, many of which have levels above what the EPA deems safe - including some right here in the 2nd Congressional District. What happened in Flint with the lead crisis must not be allowed to happen anywhere else. Providing clean, safe water to all communities is a fundamental obligation of government and I will do everything I can to make it happen. We can do better, with the right leadership.
We must also work to close the digital divide and provide access to high-speed internet to our rural communities. Communities in the northern and more rural parts of this district - Lake County - have among the state’s lowest percentages of population (less than 3 percent) with access to 25/3 Mbps speeds. This is a problem we can solve, with the right leadership.
I will make it a priority to advocate for new and cost-effective federal-level investments in climate-smart infrastructure across our range of needs: water and wastewater infrastructure, transportation and mobility, energy, and communications infrastructure (including rural broadband). A recent report by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) recommends that in order to become a “Top Ten” state for jobs, incomes and a healthy economy, Michigan should increase annual infrastructure investments by at least $4 billion.
This is important because when we invest in infrastructure, we are investing in ourselves—in our communities, families, and neighborhoods. We are bringing jobs, protecting our health, improving resilience to devastating weather events, and helping our region maintain its competitive edge in the broader economy.