May 10, 2010
More than 5,000 petition signatures telling lawmakers to fix Michigan’s deteriorating infrastructure were delivered during a Michigan rally at the Capitol last Tuesday, May 4. With local jobs and construction projects at stake, advocates said it’s urgent for lawmakers to invest in Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure.
Those at the rally told lawmakers to act now to avoid an $84 million transportation funding shortfall, which would force the state to send $475 million to California, Indiana, and other states because of Michigan’s inability to meet federal matching requirements. This will lead to a $2.4 billion reduction in state and federal funding for projects between 2011 and 2014.
As I have reported to you in past blogs, the condition of pavements and bridges on our federal aid eligible roads – the most important roads in the state – has deteriorated every year for the past six years. One in every three lane miles of road on this system is in poor condition – and the trend will continue until additional revenues are found.
You can sign a petition urging lawmakers to increase revenues for badly needed transportation improvements.
View the petition and exact petition language.
“I signed my name because increasing transportation investment is absolutely critical to our state’s local communities and cities,” said Gretchen Driskell, Mayor of Saline, Vice Chair of SEMCOG, and Chair of the Transportation Funding Task Force (TF2) Citizens Advisory Committee. “It’s been almost two years since we presented our findings to lawmakers calling for an immediate investment in our state’s roads. Yet lawmakers have failed to act on our recommendations. Michigan citizens are fed up. We need to secure transportation funding now!”
The current MDOT budget also drastically underfunds the state’s public transportation system. The bipartisan Transportation Funding Task Force (TF2) recommended a “good” level of investment in public transit at $773 million – this is $500 million above the state’s current level of investment.
You can also voice your concerns about road funding by calling a toll-free number – 888-719-3087. Just enter your five-digit ZIP code to be connected with their legislative offices. If you like the condition of roads and transit as it is right now – do nothing, you are living your dream. If you don’t, it is time to do something about it – and that time is now!