Miller Invited by President Trump to Join Governors, Mayors to Discuss Local Infrastructure Needs in White House Meeting
Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller has been invited by President Donald J. Trump to the White House on Thursday to discuss the nation’s infrastructure needs.
Miller is one of a handful of state and local-level leaders invited to the White House to provide the president with first-hand input on local infrastructure priorities and concerns.
This week, President Trump released a budget proposal that is designed to spur $1 trillion in new infrastructure spending over the next nine years.
“I am honored to be able to share Macomb County’s experiences with the president. The sewer collapse we are dealing with along 15 Mile Road is just the canary in the coal mine in terms of our infrastructure needs across the country,” Miller said.
On Christmas Eve 2016, an 11-foot diameter sewer interceptor line collapsed under 15 Mile Road in Fraser, opening up a massive sinkhole. The repair of that project, which caused two homes to be demolished and a third to be condemned, is not expected to be complete until Thanksgiving of this year and to cost $75 million.
“Our underground infrastructure across our nation in too many places is antiquated and inadequate. Unfortunately, because it is out of sight, too often it has been out of mind,” Miller said.
The president’s proposal seeks to support funding for new or upgraded roads and bridges, as well as underground infrastructure needs, such as water and sewer lines.
“Clearly infrastructure investment will spur additional economic growth. Throughout history, from the wagon trails of the past to today’s highways and water and sewer service – economic vitality is enhanced where the infrastructure is enhanced,” Miller said.
At Thursday’s meeting, Miller and a small group of governors and mayors will meet with Vice President Mike Pence, hold a series of working group discussions with Cabinet-level staffers and then brief the President.
Miller, who previously served as a member of Congress for 14 years, is the only person from Michigan who will participate in the infrastructure meeting with the President.
“I am honored to be able to bring Macomb County’s and Michigan’s voice to the table. As we deal with what may very well be the largest infrastructure emergency in the nation right now, we appreciate the president’s interest and his desire to hear directly about the needs of our local communities as we deal with these challenges,” Miller said. “Certainly infrastructure is a bipartisan issue. I’m hopeful it can be an issue that garners support from both sides of the aisle.”