Press Release: ASCE Michigan’s Response to Snyder’s State of the State Address
February 8, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2013
Lansing, MI – As stewards of our state’s public works, the American Society of Civil Engineers is proud of the infrastructure legacy that has been entrusted to us, and we are very encouraged by Governor Snyder’s efforts to repair Michigan’s deteriorating transportation infrastructure. Like the Governor, we too are ready to write a new chapter for Michigan’s future, with modern infrastructure systems capable of keeping pace with a 21st century economy. The Governor said that infrastructure investment is about saving us money, and we could not agree more.
We know that the Governor faces a tough path ahead in selling his plan, but the facts are undeniable. Families trust that their highways, bridges, and transit systems are modernized and safe. Businesses depend on roads and bridges, along with airports, seaports, railways, and inland waterways to ship goods and reach customers.
Infrastructure investment is not “wasteful” spending. In fact, in our newest economic report, Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America’s Economic Future (www.asce.org/economicstudy), we found that aging and unreliable infrastructure will cost American households $611 billion over the next seven years. We must build the necessary foundation for Michigan families and businesses to thrive, which will drive our economy and improve our quality of life.
The State of the State address is our annual opportunity as Michiganders to take stock of our state and lay the groundwork for the path ahead. We applaud the Governor on his infrastructure investment plan. The Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers exists to bring attention to our state’s infrastructure needs and we encourage leaders from all parties to invest in Michigan’s future.