"All of these categories spin off into additional jobs for Michigan," (MDOT's Tim) Hoeffner said. "Many of those jobs would be in construction, just as they would be for highway construction. We will need workers to rebuild the track system, upgrade railroad crossings, install newer communications systems and (do) inspections."
Fun fact: Michigan is the only state outside the Northeast that has a stretch (from K-zoo to Niles) where trains can go above 80 miles an hour. Officials want to be able to hit the high-end of 110 to make the Detroit-Chicago run in four hours time.
Environmentalists say the budget problems have left the DEQ unable to chase down polluters and force them to clean up their messes. While money is available to provide water to the Kalamazoo Township homes, the pollution won't be cleaned up or prevented from spreading.
Since 2002, the DEQ has had its budget cut by roughly 67%. Hey, I know the answer. Let's cut taxes. The market will take care of the problem, right?
This shoots down Cassis' theory that this is a horrible place for business, doesn't it? Still, as great as this news is, first-place Ohio had 200 more projects than we did, and they have focused on the same things that we are trying to do here - recruiting and making investments in alternative energy companies (they set their RPS at 25% by 2025), and paying attention to infrastructure and education. The difference between them and us? They have a Legislature that actually works with Gov. Ted Strickland on making their state a better place, instead of insisting on "more tax cuts" all the time. Oh, and by the way, they are looking at film incentives as well.
Oh well. We still beat "Sneaky" Ed Rendell who finished fourth, so that's saying something.