Detroit Evening Report, March 24, 2022: Michigan lawmakers approve $4.8B in spending for infrastructure


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Michigan lawmakers have approved $4.8 billion in spending, mostly for infrastructure upgrades, with an influx of federal pandemic and other funds that will go toward roads, parks and affordable housing. The supplemental budget plan, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign, has about $2 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. That includes replacing lead pipes — dam repairs and the remediation of chemicals known as PFAS. The House and Senate approved the main bill today.

Other headlines for March 24, 2022:

  • Michigan’s redistricting panel reverses course, ends 7% pay raise for commissioners
  • Physical and occupational therapists, trainers now required to report suspected child abuse
  • Proposed legislation to speed health care approvals passes
  • Detroit Police Department releases Community Safety Strategy
  • Dearborn City Council approves resolution to translate election materials in Arabic

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.