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Business Leaders for Michigan issues statement in response to House Road Funding Package

DETROIT, Mich.  – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, today issued the following statement expressing its disappointment over the road funding package passed by the House of Representatives today.

“The House road funding plan is the wrong direction for Michigan,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO.  “Michigan needs a permanent, long-term solution to increase road repair funding without raiding the General Fund and hurting other critical priorities that are important to our economy.  The revenue should come from the users of our roads and bridges and be sufficient to ensure good quality road and bridge conditions.  We look forward to working with the Senate on a solution that meets these thresholds.” 

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In Finding a Road Solution, Let's Not Solve One Problem by Creating Another 

Michigan lawmakers are working quickly to identify a stronger road funding solution for our state. We've begun to hear some of their proposals, and it's clear we're still a long way from the finish line.

While we wait, the condition of our roads and bridges continues to deteriorate. It's more than just frustrating for motorists, it's economically dangerous. The longer we wait to fix our infrastructure, the less competitive Michigan becomes.

It is imperative that lawmakers work to identify road funding solutions that don't jeopardize other important state priorities that are important to our economy like job training, higher education and economic development.  

BLM's position: 

We believe a long-term solution to fixing our roads and bridges should meet the following principles:

  • It should provide funding sufficient to ensure good quality road and bridge conditions
  • It should include road and bridge warranties
  • The funding source should be sustainable and dedicated
  • The revenue should come from the users of our roads and bridges, and
  • The solution should not adversely impact other critical priorities that help create jobs, such as job training, higher education and economic development.
 Let's work together to get it done.

BLM Poll & Policy Principles Outline Path Forward on MI Road Funding

Statewide Survey Shows Voters Ready to Fund Road Fixes

DETROIT, Mich., May 26, 2015 — Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) today issued a set of principles and the results of a recent statewide public opinion poll that outline how Michigan’s roads and bridges should be fixed in light of the defeat of Proposal 1. 

The public opinion polling results show Michigan voters want the roads fixed—and they are willing to pay for the work— but policymakers need to shape a less complex proposal. More than half of survey respondents who voted no on Proposal 1 said they believed the initiative gave tax money away to too many other things.  The survey also revealed that nearly 80 percent of voters believe the state’s roads are worse than other states.

“Michigan voters know the roads are bad, and they are willing to fund the right solution for fixing them,” said BLM President & CEO Doug Rothwell.  “The message this survey sends to our state leaders is twofold—deal with this issue quickly, and don’t tie too many extra bells and whistles onto a funding package that should simply be about getting our roads and bridges in better shape.”

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