Providing good roads is a core function of state government. Recently, both the Michigan Senate and State House passed plans to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges through cost-saving reforms, re-prioritizing spending and some new revenue. While neither the Senate nor House plan is perfect, each provides practical and workable solutions.
For example, the Senate plan provides $800 million in new revenue for roads, phased in over three years so state and local road agencies can make good use of the additional funding. The Senate plan also limits future growth of state government by capping spending at the rate of inflation and returning money to taxpayers.
Michigan citizens have been clear that they want legislators to work together to fix the roads by reprioritizing state spending, raising needed revenue through user fees (not general tax increases) and ensuring that the tax dollars we send to Lansing to fix the roads are actually spent on the roads.
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and House Speaker Kevin Cotter deserve credit for listening to what Michigan voters said on May 5th and taking bold action to solve the state’s road funding problem now through the legislative process.
Going forward, we are optimistic that leaders in the Senate and House can work together to resolve differences and enact a comprehensive solution to Michigan’s road funding problem before Labor Day.