A Democrat-backed bill to invest in U.S. roads, bridges and other infrastructure would contribute more than $900 million for projects in Michigan, creating about 12,000 jobs in the state, Sen. Carl Levin said Wednesday.
The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on whether to take up the measure, which contains the transportation portion of President Barack Obama’s stalled $447 billion jobs bill.
“In my state, nearly a third of all bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. More than a third of our roads are in poor or mediocre condition,” Levin said on the Senate floor.
The bill’s prospects are poor, too. It would be financed by raising taxes on the income exceeding $1 million of the wealthiest Americans, and Republicans have been objecting to tax increases to finance government spending.