Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend Another $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure [Michigan Capitol Confidential]:
"Michigan’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission recently came out with a report that made 107 recommendations to improve the state’s telecommunications and transportation networks, energy supply, drinking water and sewers.
Media and state pundits jumped on it, claiming it says that Michigan needs $4 billion each year in extra infrastructure spending.
But that’s not exactly what the report says.
...When the report calls for more spending, it is often for projects that aren’t really infrastructure.
For example, it asks for $20 million annually to “promote Michigan as the focal point of the global intelligent vehicle industry.”...
Of the 33 recommendations to spend more money, only 11 actually call for spending more money on infrastructure. For example, it calls on the Department of Transportation and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to “advance Michigan’s intelligent vehicle industry.”
It gives no details about how that should be done, only that it will cost $2 million..."