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LEGISLATORS GO ON SUMMER RECESS WITHOUT ROAD FUNDING SOLUTION

Friday, June 13, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Lance Binoniemi

Vice President of Government Affairs

Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association

517-282-2851

 

LEGISLATORS GO ON SUMMER RECESS WITHOUT ROAD FUNDING SOLUTION

Lansing, Mich. – The efforts of a statewide coalition, widespread public outcries for legislative action and a harsh winter that left already deteriorating roads in horrendous shape, were not enough impetus to get the Michigan Legislature to pass a much needed increase in transportation investment this week.

Several attempts to increase infrastructure funding failed in the Senate on Wednesday and Thursday, and a crisis situation has been left until legislators return from summer break in the fall.

“We will miss another construction season to adequately maintain our infrastructure,” said Lance Binoniemi, vice president of government affairs for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, a leader of the Michigan Transportation Team, a statewide coalition of groups that have been calling for increased state funding for roads, bridges and public transportation. “Michigan loses $3 million a day or $1 billion annually in transportation asset value by not doing anything. This is a funding crisis that we can no longer ignore.” Binoniemi said that every study that has been done on the issue of 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.

“Lawmakers literally are letting the roads crumble while they take a summer recess,” Binoniemi said. “These legislators are elected to make tough decisions and again, they’ve put it off, even though a recent poll shows that fixing the roads is the number one issue for voters, and they are willing to pay higher user fees to get the job done.”


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