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Dan Kildee

Analysis: Infrastructure upgrades unlikely to be speedy

Flint's man-made water crisis and a football field-sized sinkhole in suburban Detroit have exposed flaws in aging underground pipes that mostly are out of sight, out of mind for a public that is more attuned to the sorry state of Michigan's roads.

But a major influx of money for infrastructure upgrades is unlikely to be approved anytime soon, despite Republican Gov. Rick Snyder warning lawmakers and a statewide audience in his recent State of the State speech that "every corner" of Michigan is at risk.

He said all public and private revenue sources should be considered — including fees, taxes, grants and bonds — but he did not outline a funding...