A new report from the state auditor general takes the Michigan Department of Transportation to task. The report examines a warranty program to hold construction companies responsible for the quality of the roads they build. It says the state doesn’t follow up often enough with contractors to ensure problems are fixed. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not paying attention to early polls that show the road funding proposal on the May ballot is in trouble. The proposal would raise the state sales tax to 7 percent as part of a complicated plan to fund road repairs without taking money from schools or local governments. Continue reading
There’s some talk at the state Capitol about passing a legislative alternative to the May ballot proposal that would boost road funding. Continue reading
An economic study says the May ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax could also collectively cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million more in federal income taxes. Continue reading
Gov. Rick Snyder says he has faith the public will approve a May ballot proposal to boost road funding. That’s despite a recent study from a Michigan State University researcher that said the measure might already be in trouble. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
State lawmakers have just nine or ten more session days in 2014, and still no consensus on how to raise money to help fix Michigan’s roads.
State lawmakers are considering multiple plans that would significantly increase state road funding.
Legislation that is expected to raise up to $1.5 billion a year to fix Michigan’s roads has cleared the state Senate. Continue reading
Until recently, it seemed like boosting the state’s gas tax, vehicle registration fees, or other new sources of revenue to help fix Michigan’s crumbling roads was off the table this year.
A state House Republican plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure is drawing criticism from some prominent Democrats.
In Lansing, Republicans have rolled out a new plan to pay for fixing and maintaining roads and bridges.
The Legislature has approved a mid-year budget bill that includes $215 million for roads. It now goes to Governor Rick Snyder.
State lawmakers are about to dive into the process of crafting a budget for next fiscal year. But they have to fix some problems with the current year’s budget first.
County road commissioners meeting in Lansing Wednesday heard from a Pennsylvania transportation official on how Michigan can spend more money on its crumbling roads.
The state House and Senate have not been able to agree on a mid-year budget bill.