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FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION BILL MEANS NEW JOBS, ROAD WORK FOR MICHIGAN

FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION BILL MEANS NEW JOBS, ROAD WORK FOR MICHIGAN
 LANSING, Mich., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- State Transportation Director Patrick M. Nowak praised Congress and the Michigan delegation today for passing a $151 billion, six-year transportation package which will mean new jobs and extensive road construction work for Michigan.
 "After months of hard work and debate, our delegation on both sides of the aisle is to be commended for their work in getting this important transportation package approved," Nowak said.
 "If the preliminary figures we're receiving out of Washington are correct, this bill contains significant increases over previous federal authorization levels for Michigan highway, road programs and public transit systems. It will mean thousands of new jobs for Michigan and a vital spark to help jump-start our economy," Nowak said.
 In the earlier transportation spending plan which covered 1987 through 1991, Michigan received $1.8 billion. The new bill contains more than $3.1 billion for Michigan highways, roads and streets over the next six years. The bill also increased funding for mass transit and other public transportation programs. Michigan will be required to match federal dollars with 20-percent state funds.
 Transportation analysts estimate that each $100 million in transportation spending creates 2,500 new jobs. Officials in Washington believe the new transportation bill will create as many as 4 million new jobs nationwide.
 The package will now be sent to President George Bush, who has said he intends to sign the measure into law.
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 /CONTACT: Deryl Holmes of the Office of Governmental Affairs, 517-373-3946/ CO: State of Michigan ST: Michigan IN: TRN SU:


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