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House Committees Includes Gas Taxes in Budget

Jun 07, 2019

The House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee passed their budget for the upcoming 2019-2020 Fiscal Year, which includes revenue from a proposed change in how taxes are paid at the gas pump. Under the proposal, the 6% sales tax would be phased-out at the gas pump over two-years. Currently, all sales tax is directed to the School […]

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State Budget Move Forward Without Governor’s Gas Tax Increase

Apr 26, 2019

The Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee reported their budget this week without including Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cent gas tax increase. In order to fund repairs to roads and bridges, the subcommittee instead fully implemented the road funding plan passed in 2015 one year earlier than is required under the law. The proposed appropriation totals $600 […]

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House Committee to Tackle Infrastructure Problems

Apr 19, 2019

The House Transportation Committee will begin six weeks of special hearings to discuss Michigan road funding and the quality of our roads. Committee Chairman Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann) announced the goal of the increased number of committee meetings is to take a more comprehensive look inside the road system and how to deliver the best […]

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Department of Transportation Developing Long-Range Plan

Jan 04, 2019

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the process of developing a new state long-range transportation plan, known as Michigan Mobility 2045, establishing a vision and priorities for transportation for 25 years. The department is seeking the opinions of the public, including a large and diverse group of Michigan residents and stakeholders representing groups […]

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Michigan Seeks Federal Disaster

Jul 13, 2018

This week, Lt. Governor Brian Calley requested that President Donald Trump declare a major disaster for the State of Michigan as a result of the flash flooding that occurred last month. An in-depth assessment of the area concluded that Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee Counties all experienced damage. The Lt. Governor requested supplementary federal aid in […]

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Road Technology: Lay-up Versus 3-point Hook Shot

Jul 11, 2018

With the NBA finals in the rearview mirror, it seemed like a good time to compare shot choice and its impact on the game with driving technology.  A natural comparison, right? Well, players do drive the lane and we do drive on the roads, so, close enough. The issue is about fundamentals versus the exciting […]

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Legislation Introduced Creating Transportation Fund

May 18, 2018

This week a three-bill package was introduced aimed at fixing Michigan roads. The legislation would create the Michigan Innovation Transportation Fund, administered by experts outside of the Michigan Department of Transportation. The fund would review, publicly post, implement, and then analyze ideas on ways to improve Michigan roads without increasing spending. The legislation calls for […]

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Bill Introduced to Accelerate Infrastructure Improvements

May 04, 2018

This week, Representative Jeff Yaroch (R-Richmond) introduced a bill speeding up the timetable for road repairs in Michigan. Under the bill as introduced, it would accelerate the revenue benefits from a road repair funding plan signed into law in 2015. Compared to the current schedule, this proposal would increase road repair funding by $325 million […]

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