FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executive Vice President
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
Voters Across the State Overwhelmingly Approve Road Funding
Okemos, Mich. – During the primary election last week, Michigan voters showed that they are obviously willing to pay more for improved roads.
Voters in communities covering more than a dozen counties across Michigan cast primary ballots last Tuesday in efforts to help local governments pay for much needed roadwork. With few exceptions the renewed or new taxes were approved, according to an analysis by “Land Line,” a business magazine for professional truckers.
“This should be a message to the Michigan Legislature that roads continue to be an issue with their constituents,” said Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. “Michigan loses $3 million every day that the Legislature delays taking action on road funding, or $1 billion annually in transportation asset value. The Legislature needs to take bold action to fix this crisis.”
Nystrom added that every study that has been done on Michigan’s deteriorating infrastructure points to the fact that the state needs at least an additional $2 billion annually just to maintain our current roads and bridges. Every year that the Legislature does not act, that funding need grows by over $100 million.
“If voters in more than a dozen counties can cast their votes to approve local road funding, our state Legislature should be more than willing to do the same thing,” Nystrom said. “It is time for them to step up to the plate and approve a long-term, stable plan to invest annually in Michigan’s infrastructure. The citizens of Michigan expect nothing less.”