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Widespread support for investing to fix Michigan’s roads now


Posted on January 17th, by Michigan Transportation Team in Fix The Roads Now Blog, News and Blog. Comments Off

PotholeLast night’s State of the State address has people across Michigan talking – in support of investing to finally fix Michigan’s roads, which would save money and save lives.

Here’s some of what people are saying:

The urgency with which Gov. Rick Snyder proposed to address the deterioration of Michigan’s roads and bridges in his third State of the State address is welcome and overdue — and we hope legislators in both parties answer his challenge by adopting a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s outdated road-funding scheme. – Detroit Free Press editorial, 1/16/2013
This year, his emphasis is on transportation infrastructure. That’s the right priority. Michigan’s economic competitiveness depends on good roads and bridges and effective mass transit in its urban areas. – Detroit News editorial, 1/17/2013
It’s past time for Michigan to take action on roads. The state’s infrastructure is crumbling and political gridlock has prevented meaningful action on inadequate funding for years. [...] There is room for debate and compromise on details, but there no excuse for inactivity. It’s time to fix the roads. – Lansing State Journal editorial, 1/17/2013
“Our members are ready to get to work fixing our roads and bridges to help rebuild Michigan’s economy. It’s time for politicians in Lansing to stop playing games and start working together to make road funding a top priority.” – Michigan Laborers’ District Council
“At last year’s county Farm Bureau annual meetings, Michigan Farm Bureau members identified funding of roads and bridges as a top issue of concern/focus when surveyed about Michigan’s Ag Plan (MAP). We have an opportunity to advance a solution on this issue & must support the Governor in every corner of Michigan, in every way possible.” – Michigan Farm Bureau

“We can cut all the taxes we want, but if we can’t move goods from point A to point B, it won’t do us any good. Bottom line: it’s time to replace the plywood patches on too many Michigan highway bridges with pavement. It’s time to fix our roads and rebuild our infrastructure so Michigan is again attractive to employers and a talented workforce.” – Michigan Municipal League
“We believe that investing in transportation infrastructure will enhance the ability of our members to get their product to market. Moreover, when businesses are deciding whether to expand or relocate, the ability to move product along with a sure and stable supply chain are key factors.” – Detroit Regional Chamber
“It’s time for the Michigan Legislature to fix the roads, which have a tremendous impact on our economic competitiveness and the cost of doing business in the state. Doing nothing is unacceptable, and is only costing us more in the long run.” – Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce






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