Category Archives: Transportation

‘On the Map’ visits one of the world’s largest toy museums

If you’re young at heart or craving a taste of nostalgia, look no further than Bay City.

Home to one of the biggest toy collections in the world, The Antique Toy and Fire Truck Museum is every kids worst nightmare. Thousands of toys, but you can’t touch them! Jimmie Dobson is the the man behind the museum, and it’s his collection that makes up most of the exhibits. Continue reading

New road funding plan in the works as lawmakers return from month-long break

Capital_Building_LansingState lawmakers return this week from a month-long break with hopes of passing a new road funding plan.

Action on road funding has been stalled since July when lawmakers left Lansing for a month-long break. That’s after after the state House declined to take up legislation that was narrowly approved by the state Senate.
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Alpena County expecting to see new road and 15 new jobs

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By next summer, Alpena County expects to see one new road, two new businesses and 15 new jobs.

The county has received a state grant to construct a road that will serve the limestone company and the microbrewery. The $300,000 matching grant comes from the Department of Transportation. The cost of the total project is $710,290. Continue reading

Campaign promoting businesses along I-69 expands to southern Michigan

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An effort to promote economic development in Genesee and Shiawassee counties is expanding south to the Michigan-Indiana border.

The effort began 5 years ago to promote development along the I-69 corridor. This summer, the effort is expanding south to include the cities of Charlotte, Coldwater and Marshall, Michigan. Continue reading

Vintage trailers and motor coaches tour around Northern Michigan

The Tin Can Tourists, a vintage camping group, will tour state parks in northern Michigan July 30-Aug. 8

The Tin Can Tourists, a vintage camping group, will tour state parks in northern Michigan July 30-Aug. 8

A vintage camper and trailer tour is hitting the road this week.

A group called the “Tin Can Tourists Club” is sponsoring the tour. The group enjoys the restoration and history of trailers and campers. Continue reading

Ballot campaign aims to boost business tax for roads

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A union-led petition drive is trying to increase the state’s Corporate Income Tax rate from 6 percent to 11 percent. The revenue would be used to fix roads.

Increasing the rate by 5 percentage points would generate about $900 million a year toward Governor Rick Snyder’s goal of $1.2 billion in new revenue for road repairs. It would also be a major change to the 2011 business tax overhaul engineered by Snyder and Republicans in the Legislature. Continue reading

Without a deal this week, road funding talks may have to wait until the fall

The state House is scheduled to meet one day this week to try and reach a compromise on road funding.

If a deal doesn’t get done on Tuesday, talks may have to wait until the fall. The House is scheduled to begin a month-long break on Wednesday.

State officials say the longer the talks drag on, the more expensive it gets to fix the state’s crumbling roads.

Portrait, Director Kirk Steudle

Portrait, Director Kirk Steudle

“The longer we wait, the more it’s going to cost us,” said Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Kirk Steudle.

“We could pay now or pay more later. And, frankly, we’re getting to the point where it’s about to be pay more later.”

For almost four years, Steudle and Gov. Rick Snyder have said lawmakers must boost road funding by at least $1.2 billion a year to keep the roads from getting worse. Groups representing construction workers say the number is closer to $2 billion.

Steudle points out lawmakers have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars in one-time money into the roads this year.

“But on a larger scale, the whole system is still continuing to decline,” he said.

State House Republicans appear to be divided on raising taxes to boost road funding. The state Senate approved a plan that would raise the state’s gas tax by 15 cents a gallon over three years. That proposal would eventually boost road funding by about $1.5 billion a year.

Snyder still confident of road deal in 2015

Governor Rick Snyder press event at M-10 and LTU to Fix the Roads.

Governor Rick Snyder says he hasn’t given up on getting a deal for more than a $1 billion dollars in new road revenue through the Legislature. Lawmakers adjourned this week without voting on a roads package.

But, at an event in Detroit, the governor said he’s still confident a deal can come together in 2015. Continue reading

Representatives leave Lansing for the week with no road funding compromise

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There’s no road funding deal to speak of as state representatives leave Lansing for the week. That means a vote on any plan will have to wait until next week – and possibly until the fall.

It appears Republicans in the state House remain divided on whether a gas tax increase should be part of any plan to boost road funding. Continue reading

As state House gets set to take up roads, Dem leader criticizes Senate plan

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Democrats in the state Legislature are criticizing Republican plans to boost road funding. That’s as the House gets set to take up the debate next week.

The state Senate approved a plan last week that would boost the gas tax by 15 cents a gallon over three years and shift $700 million from other areas of the budget. It also includes a possible rollback in the state income tax rate. Continue reading

Snyder signs new budget, remains optimistic about road deal

Governor Rick Snyder has signed the new 54-billion dollar state budget. It has money for roads, schools, prisons, and healthcare. But a solution on funding road repairs remains elusive.

Governor Snyder says voters sent a message when they rejected Proposal One last month, and that was for the state to come up with the money to fix roads. The new budget has some stop-gap funding, but falls far short of the 1.2 billion dollars in new revenue that he’s called for. Continue reading

Proposal in Lansing would add emergency contacts to state IDs

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A measure in Lansing would allow for encrypted emergency contact information on your driver’s license or state ID.

The information could include the name, address, and phone number of your chosen contact person. Continue reading

$1 billion dollar road funding proposal clears state House

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A plan to boost road funding by about a billion dollars a year has cleared the state House. The Republican proposal relies mostly on shifting existing funds in the state budget instead of significantly raising taxes.

State House Speaker Kevin Cotter unveiled the plan after the historic failure of Proposal One. He says voters want the Legislature to prioritize existing revenues to help fix the roads. Continue reading

Bill allowing ‘pedal pubs’ in Michigan moving through the Legislature

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Great Lakes Pub Cruiser

Michigan would allow people to drink alcohol on so-called “pedal pubs” under bills making their way through the Legislature.

A state House panel on Tuesday approved regulating the four-wheel pedal-powered vehicles, which allow people to drink alcohol while cycling between destinations. Continue reading

State House nearing vote on road funding proposal

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Republican leaders in the state House hope to hold a vote Wednesday on their proposal to boost road funding by about $1 billion a year.

New money for roads would mostly come from projected revenue increases over the next few years and by shifting existing funds in the state budget. Continue reading