Lieutenant Governor Visits Mount Pleasant to Discuss Proposal One
Friday, January 23, 2015
Posted by: Nancy Brown
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The lieutenant governor of Michigan was in Northern Michigan today endorsing a plan to get the state's roads fixed.
Voters will decide on Proposal One in May, a way to fix roads by raising the sales tax.
Lieutenant governor Brian Calley came north to campaign for the plan today.
His audience: the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association Conference at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant.
9&10's Cody Boyer met with the lieutenant governor to learn more about Prop One to get more details.
"When you look at our different areas of manufacturing, particularly automotive, tourism, agriculture...all depend on good roads."
...A subject that the lieutenant governor focused on today with the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association
"We have a serious public safety here in the state of Michigan today," said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. "People swerve to get out of the way of potholes, for example and also structurally deficient bridges. It's one that is very expensive for us, as well. The average costs of repairs in Michigan, for our road-related car repairs, is a 132 dollars more here than it is in the state of Indiana."
The proposal asks for an increase in sales tax from six percent to seven percent, which Calley says will bring schools and local governments more revenue while fixing roads.
MITA says this could be a win-win for the state.
"It depends on if people are willing to spend an extra one penny in sales tax and we think people are fed up enough on the roads that they are willing to do that," said Lance Binoniemi, vice-president for governmental affairs at MITA.
"They will get smoother roads, they will get safer roads, less car repairs," Calley said. "They will protect schools and local governments in the process and all taxes charged at the pump will go to fixing our roads and bridges."
There's no specific plan to fix roads if proposal one fails... One more reason Calley and the Snyder administration are taking the plan out on the road, making their case.