Michigan Governor Snyder has made improving and modernizing Michigan’s infrastructure a focus of his administration. Appropriations for infrastructure-related projects were a top priority in the Governor’s FY 2016-2017 budget recommendations unveiled yesterday. In addition to a $54.9B budget recommendation for the coming state fiscal year, the Governor also issued a supplemental budget request for FY 2015-2016, which includes $25M for water-related infrastructure projects in Flint and a $165M investment in the to-be-created Michigan Infrastructure Fund. This fund will be used to replace high-risk lead and copper lines in communities throughout the State. The fund, which must be created by legislation, will also be used to implement the recommendations of the Commission for Building the 21st Century Infrastructure, the formation of which the Governor announced in his 2016 State of the State Address, and whose report on the state of Michigan’s infrastructure is due in September 2016.