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MITA State Funding News Briefing - February 12-24, 2014

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Report: Michigan Ranks Last in Per Capita Spending on Roads, Bridges
The Detroit News
February 13, 2014
Based on a press release from MITA, The Detroit News reports that Michigan comes in dead last in the nation when it comes to how much it spends per person on roads and bridges. Mike Nystrom of MITA is quoted, along with a spokesperson for MDOT and Rep. Thomas Stallworth III, D-Detroit.

Michigan Ranks Last of all 50 States on Per Capita Road Spending
Michigan Public Radio
February 13, 2014
Includes an interview with MITA’s Mike Nystrom and is based on a MITA press release highlighting how Michigan’s neighbors spend more on roads and bridges per capita, while Michigan ranks last in the country.

Michigan Roads Rank Worst, Voters Say Get It Done
The Macomb Daily and The Daily Tribune
February 17, 2014
This article combines news from MITA’s press release, with a quote from Mike Nystrom, and also information about a statewide poll that shows voters want money invested in roads and bridges.

Voters Want Money For Roads, So Give It To Them
Battle Creek Enquirer
February 14, 2014
This editorial references Michigan’s ranking among other states in per capita spending on roads and the statewide poll of voters. The writer suggests, “Lawmakers have all the data they need to address the problem. It’s time they do so.”

MDOT Expects Worst Pothole Season in Years; Needs More Funding
February 20, 2014
MDOT Director Kirk Steudle said that the pothole season we are all experiencing is something that MDOT has been “saying is going to happen for a long time.”

Michigan Should Spend Surplus to Fix Roads, Brooks Says to Snyder
The Daily Tribune
February 18, 2014
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder should use a big chunk of the state’s $1 billion budget surplus to fix Michigan roads, which were already crumbling before the severe winter reduced many of them to potholed rubble, says Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

MIRS BREAKING NEWS -- $100M in Road Funding Added to Supplemental
Michigan Information and Research Service
February 18, 2014
Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), who chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, called for the $100 million last week, but Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart) and one of his local road commissioners made the “sell” to the Appropriations Committee today.

Michigan Senate Considers $100M Proposal to Repair Damaged Roads
Detroit Free Press
February 18, 2014
The Senate Appropriations Committee got the “road rescue ball rolling” Tuesday, which would put $100 million into state, county, township and village road funds.

Richardville, Snyder Noncommittal on $100M for Roads   
Gongwer News Service
By Subscription Only
February 19, 2014
One day after the Senate added a supplemental appropriations bill for roads, a question remains regarding whether that is the amount that will be targeted. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said the amount might be less.

Haveman Wants Roads Over Tax Rollback
Michigan News and Information Service
By Subscription Only
February 19, 2014
While acknowledging he'd like to do both, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee said his top priority is to use surplus dollars for the roads and not necessarily a tax rebate in any form. Rep. Joe Haveman (R-Holland) reported that he heard loud and clear from his local chamber of commerce earlier this week that they want money for roads. He has also read the polling data that shows citizens want more road dollars over an income tax rollback by a 3-to-1 margin.

Crumbling Roads Could Be in Our Future
Upper Michigan’s Source
February 14, 2014
This article references Michigan’s low per capita spending on roads, and also quotes Kirk Steudle, MDOT director.

Jackson County Preparing to ‘Attack’ Record Number of Potholes
February 14, 2014
Discussion of statewide road funding issues, and the fact that Jackson County is purchasing special pothole repair equipment.

Balancing Act On Roads: 1-Time Funds vs. Long-Term Answer
Michigan News and Information Service
By Subscription Only
February 14, 2014
Some legislators are worrying that a one-time burst of money for roads will not make the journey to a long-term solution any easier. Includes quote from MITA’s Lance Binoniemi saying that any resources lawmakers can allocate for roads is helpful, but a long-term answer is needed.

Studley: Legislators Need to Do Their Jobs on Funding Roads
Gongwer News Service
By Subscription Only
February 14, 2014
Michigan Chamber of Commerce CEO Rich Studley says there are no excuses for legislators not finding a comprehensive solution on funding transportation as the state enters what is expected to be one of the worst pothole seasons on record.

Pappageorge Calls for $100M to Fill Potholes
Michigan News and Information Service
By Subscription Only
February 12, 2014
Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, is proposing that the state use $100 million from the $230 million Road, Risk and Reserve Fund this fiscal year to fill potholes this season.

Mother Nature Has Spoken, But She’s Not to Blame for State’s Woeful Roads
Livingston Daily
February 15, 2014
Mother Nature could be a lobbyist for road funding, according to this editorial, which also questions why something has not been done sooner about the road funding.

Exclusive Poll: Michiganders would Spend $1 Billion State Surplus to Fix K-12 Education, Roads
February 13, 2014
A new EPIC MRA poll, released by WXYZ-TV, shows that 38 percent of likely Michigan voters want increased funding for K-12 education, 36 percent would like to see those excess funds put into maintaining and repairing state roads, and 11 percent want a state income tax cut averaging about $45 per person. Only 1 percent of Michigan residents want the surplus to be used on Michigan’s 15 public universities.

Forget Tax Cuts – Fix Our Schools and Our Roads, Michiganders Say
The Detroit Free Press
February 13, 2014
This includes more coverage of the EPIC MRA poll regarding how Michigan voters want the surplus to be spent on education and roads.

Roads and Sewers Aren’t Sexy, But They Need Our Attention
Michigan Radio
February 12, 2014
Columnist Jack Lessenberry comments about the need for more infrastructure funding by reminding us that “Nobody ever thinks about water and sewer mains, till they break, or potholes, till we suffer a broken axle.”

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