FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2014   
Agricultural Leaders applaud Gov. Snyder’s proposal to invest in Michigan roads
LANSING – The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan today applauded Governor Rick Snyder for including common-sense investments to maintain and repair Michigan roads and bridges as part of his Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget proposal.

“Agriculture is growing in Michigan, and our farmers and agribusinesses depend on reliable roads every day to transport food and agricultural commodities,” said Val Vail-Shirey, executive director of Michigan Allied Poultry Industries, Inc. “Properly maintained roads and bridges along with strong rail and water transportation are critical for Michigan’s agriculture sector. Governor Snyder’s forward thinking and commitment to a strong transportation infrastructure in Michigan sets the stage for even more growth for agriculture in the years to come.”

The Governor’s FY 2015 proposal includes $254 million for road and bridge improvements statewide. In addition, it proposes $33 million in investment to improve Michigan’s capacity to maintain road infrastructure. This includes $28 million in funding to replace aging computer systems and an additional $5 million for state facilities – ultimately improving Michigan’s capacity to proactively maintain roads and prevent future repair costs from being passed on to taxpayers.