Michigan Farm Bureau has a long history of advocating for adequate transportation investment. In fact, one of the organization’s first legislative victories back in 1925 was to enact a 2-cent gas tax to pay for Michigan roads. Members felt that rather than directing property or income taxes into roads, people who use the system should pay for it. That same sentiment still exists in Farm Bureau policy today, where our members call for user fees when new revenue is needed for transportation maintenance.
Unfortunately, Michigan’s transportation budget has regularly encountered funding short-falls over the last several years. Estimates from the Governor Snyder- appointed 21st Century Infrastructure Commission (released in 2016) indicated that our state needs more than an additional $2 billion annually to properly maintain Michigan’s road system. This lack of funding has caused our state’s roads and bridges to rapidly deteriorate. Today’s conversations around road funding are similar to those that took place nearly 100 years ago as legislators debate on how best to pay for our transportation network.
Contact:Andrew Vermeesch | 517-679-4778 or Matt Smego | 517-679-5342
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