Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a capital outlay bill that commits $304.5 million in state funding to facilitate $613 million in new construction projects at universities and community colleges around the state.
"We do need to invest more in higher education, and this is another way to do it," Snyder said at Wayne State University, which will receive $30 million to renovate a historic auto showroom as a $90 million state-of-the-art biomedical research facility.
"This is a very significant investment for a number of different projects that I think will do a lot of good around the state of Michigan. It's a big step today."
Wayne State President Allan Gilmour outlined plans for the new 196,500-square-foot facility on Cass Avenue in Midtown, thanking Snyder and bill sponsor Rep. Eileen Kowal, R-White Lake, for investing in education infrastructure during "these difficult times where the economy is not what it should be and the political climate is not what it should be."