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.
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.