Just in time for New Years resolution season, the state is offering motorists a way to erase outstanding traffic debts, while giving back to their communities.
Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are trying to convince state lawmakers to adopt a plan to raise one-point-three billion dollars for roads, and then put the question on the ballot in May.
AAA predicts that nearly 95 million people will be traveling for the holidays. Many divers are finding gas prices to be much better than last year.
However, energy economists said gas prices have little impact on how much people actually drive.
They said life milestones such as retiring and even what part of the country we live in are more important factors. Read more
Roads and road funding are a hot topic is Lansing right now, but rural roads and infrastructure can be overlooked.
It appears there hasn’t been much progress toward finding a way to boost state road funding in the Legislature’s “lame duck” session.
Governor Rick Snyder met today (Fri.) with the Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders to try and strike a deal on road funding. The governor hosted a day-long series of meetings in his state Capitol office to toss around ideas and crunch the numbers. Read more
The House and Senate passed plans that are drastically different. The Senate approved legislation that would essentially double the state’s gas tax to pay for road improvements. The House plan would divert revenues from schools and local governments and would not raise any taxes. Read more
Governor Rick Snyder says a plan adopted by the state House to shift sales taxes collected on fuel sales to roads won’t work. He says that could rob schools and local governments of money they need to operate.
“What I would say is the House action doesn’t get us there fast enough or far enough. It also creates major consequences to schools and local partners — that I don’t want to see negative things happen to them.”
But Snyder says he still believes the Legislature can get something done on roads during its “lame duck” session. The governor prefers the Senate-adopted version that would increase the fuel tax. He says the state needs to generate in excess of a $1 billion a year to fix its long-neglected transportation infrastructure.
“We need to do something and something of significance to get better roads. No one in our state likes our roads. If you find that person, send ‘em to me. I don’t think you can.”
The House plan would shift sales taxes collected on fuel sales to roads. Republicans also adopted an amendment that would revert to the current system of appropriations for schools or local governments go down during a six-year transition period.
“Speaker Bolger agrees with the governor that we need to find a solution and we have two weeks to work together to find the solution,” said Bolger spokesman Ari Adler. “Speaker Bolger will explain to the governor how his plan does not take money from schools or local governments, and we worked … to protect them.”
The “lame duck” session is expected to wrap up in a couple weeks. If road funding is not wrapped up by then, the process would start over with the new session that begins in January.
It looks like lawmakers from one part of the state are putting up roadblocks against a plan to significantly increase infrastructure spending in Michigan.
The Legislature is spending its last nine session days of the year trying to agree on a way to fix Michigan’s roads. Governor Rick Snyder is pushing a Senate-approved plan that would raise the state’s gas tax.
The state Senate has rejected a bill that would reduce the amount of weight trucks are allowed to carry on Michigan’s roads.