Contact: Matt Kapp, 517-679-5338
LANSING — Michigan's largest farm organization has joined a diverse coalition of groups joined by one common interest: they all want to see the state's crumbling transportation infrastructure improved beyond its current bone-jarring, suspension-ruining condition. To that end, the Safe Roads Yes! coalition has been organized in support of the upcoming statewide ballot proposal that would dedicate new revenues exclusively to repairing and maintaining the state's beleaguered roads and bridges.
"When you read down the growing list of coalition members, it's pretty clear this is an issue of vital importance to pretty much every segment of the state—every resident in every county, and every industry and institution across both peninsulas," said Matt Kapp, government relations specialist at Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB). "This proposal will fix a longstanding problem and direct all tax revenue generated at the pumps to roads. What we hope to achieve by joining up with Safe Roads Yes! is simple: to cut through the rhetoric and the hair-splitting and just fix the roads already."
The coalition's first priority, Kapp said, is to remind voters that the overriding issue is the safety of Michigan motorists, whether they're commuting to work, taking their kids to school, or transporting their goods and services in the name of commerce.
A full list of coalition members will be posted soon at the Safe Roads Yes! website and Facebook page. Noteworthy members to date include the County Road Association of Michigan, Dean Transportation, Business Leaders of Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, several labor unions, police and fire groups, and organizations representing education, municipal governments, school districts and public transportation.
"No matter how you look at it, Michigan's an extremely diverse state, and the membership of this coalition reflects that diversity," Kapp said. "It's telling that so many groups representing so many different constituencies—and crossing all known political lines, by the way—are united in their support for investing in Michigan's roads and bridges so they're safe to travel again."
For more information about Proposal 1, visit MFB's website for transportation resources.