Michigan could lose up to 25,000 jobs due to a lack of transportation funding, a new University of Michigan study concluded.
Job losses began in 2006 and will continue until 2014, due to cuts to the Department of Transportation (MDOT), which had previously provided the state with 30,824 jobs. The report states that the state will lose 7,000 jobs in 2010 and 9,000 jobs in 2011 due to losing $600 million in federal funds. By 2014, the state is expected to only have 5,944 road jobs.
The study states that MDOT has been losing $3 billion in funds each year, which has resulted in many road projects being postponed and canceled.
"Job providers in agriculture, tourism and manufacturing all rely heavily on an efficient transportation network. Economic growth and recovery will not happen in Michigan if we continue to stand by while our infrastructure suffers decades of neglect," said Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association vice president Mike Nystrom.