The obvious question: what’s next for roads?

The obvious question: what’s next for roads?

by Nicole Sevrey

There’s still an obvious need for road funding.

Despite the foreseeable challenges ahead, some lawmakers continue to make transportation funding a priority.

Stakeholders like Farm Bureau are ready to get back to work, and are hopeful elected officials can devise an acceptable plan for consideration.

Several ideas have emerged in the days following the election, ranging from recycling previous transportation plans to more nontraditional approaches that examine restricted funds. Regardless of the approach, the real test will be crafting solid legislation in a way that will garner enough votes in the House and Senate and be approved by the Governor.

The Legislature may consider one of two big-picture approaches:

  • Examine existing revenue – Proposals could include reviewing, and potentially eliminating, certain income tax exemptions; or making budget cuts to other state agencies and services.
  • Create new revenue -Proposals could include gas tax or registration fee increase. Another option is a flat sales tax increase dedicated to roads, but historically the Legislature has been unable to pass such a measure.

“With any plan that comes forward, we will continue working with legislators and other stakeholders toward a solution supported by our grass-roots policy,” said Andrew Vermeesch, associate legislative counsel for Farm Bureau. “Our policy remains unchanged and supports several options for generating revenue for transportation improvements.”

The defeat of Proposal 1 will also have implications for the 2015-’16 budget, meaning there likely will not be additional revenue for the upcoming construction season.

Governor Snyder could also call a special summer session of the Legislature to address the issue, and a poll conducted by EPIC-MRA indicates 85 percent support the idea, that some believe would help focus efforts of legislators and stakeholders.

Specifically, Farm Bureau’s transportation policy supports:

  • User-based taxes for funding infrastructure improvements, provided the revenue generated is in line with maintenance costs and consistent with neighboring states;
  • A one-percent increase in the state sales tax dedicated to road funding;
  • Diverting all state sales taxes collected on motor fuels to the PA-51 formula to provide additional road funding, and a one-percent increase in the general sales tax to offset the loss of revenue;
  • Taxing other forms of energy that are used in transportation at an equitable rate.

Original Source: Michigan Farm News

Proposal 1 Rejected – NO NEW TAXES!

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Troy, MI – Tom McMillin, Chairman of Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, applauded the outcome of today’s election but cautioned that taxpayers must remain vigilant as legislators weigh other options for fixing Michigan’s roads.

“The people have spoken, and it is absolutely clear that today’s vote was a resounding rejection of tax increases, not road repairs.  The Michigan Legislature must act swiftly yet carefully to resolve our road situation, and prove to their constituents they can do what the previous legislature could not: fix our roads within our budget.

“The taxpaying public never deserved to have this problem foisted upon them, but until the legislature develops a road funding solution within its budget, we remain concerned that this crisis of negligence might yet result in a taxpayer bailout.

“As a former mayor, former legislator, former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and practicing CPA, I will gladly and with sincere appreciation offer any counsel or assistance I can provide members of the Legislature to find savings for funding roads within current revenues,” McMillin said.

“Until the situation is resolved, Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan will continue to work to prevent unnecessary tax increases.”

Our mailing address is:
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Milan, MI 48160

Why voters should be offended by Proposal 1

Why voters should be offended by Proposal 1

By Tom McMillin, Detroit Free Press guest writer 12:21 a.m. EDT May 2, 2015
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The most offensive aspect of Proposal 1 isn’t the enormity of the tax increases proposed.

Certainly, the tax hikes are steep enough to upset voters who feel they pay enough already. The sales tax, gas tax and vehicle tax hikes combined would take an additional $2 billion every year, making Proposal 1 the largest tax increase in Michigan since the state income tax was introduced in 1967.

But it’s not the hundreds of dollars in additional taxes that voters would pay each year that inspires such bitter opposition to Proposal 1. Nor is it the hodgepodge of unrelated spending and regulations thrown into a proposal supposedly for road repair.

Voters should be deeply offended by the scare tactics employed by the forces supporting Proposal 1, telling us that anyone — even children — might be injured or killed by flying concrete any day now unless we pass these tax hikes.

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15 State House Reps. Co-Sponsor Fixing Roads without Raising Taxes!


We don’t need a big tax increase to fix our roads.  Call your representative now and tell them so.

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From: Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan <>
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Subject: 15 state House reps co-sponsor fixing roads without raising taxes.  Yours?


The bills introduced by Reps. Gary Glenn [R-Midland] and Todd Courser [R-Lapeer] have 15 co-sponsors between them, according to the state legislature’s website.

Both bills are essentially re-introductions of the plan that the state House passed last year, the “Bolger Plan,” to fix Michigan’s roads without raising taxes, which were unfortunately abandoned in favor of putting massive tax increases up to the voters on May 5.

Of course as we’ve been saying all along, it is unconscionable for the legislature to sit back and wait until May 6, the day after the election, to begin to decide how it will fix Michigan’s roads.

And the “Bolger Plan,” which has already passed the House once and doesn’t raise any taxes, seems like a good place to start working today to fix our roads.  The plan also preserves funding for local governments and actually increases funding for public schools.

The House reps who are supporting the Bolger Plan may surprise you.  They are:

Rep. Todd Courser (primary bill sponsor)
Rep. Gary Glenn (primary bill sponsor)
Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville)
Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering)
Rep. Ray Franz (R-Onekama)
Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell)
Rep. Joseph Graves (R-Argentine)
Rep. Thomas Hooker (R-Bybron Center)
Rep. Joel Johnson (R-Clare)
Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw)
Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Commerce)
Rep. Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway)
Rep. Bruce Rendon (R-Lake City)
Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit)
Rep. Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills)

That’s 15 representatives of 110- not a bad start, and refreshing to see a Democrat in support of the plan.

Of those 15, six of them (Callton, Kelly, Kesto, Lauwers, Rendon, and Santana) voted for Proposal 1 last December.  Courser, Glenn, Chatfield, Gamrat, and Webber are freshmen.  Franz, Graves, Hooker, and Johnson voted against Proposal 1.

If your state representative is not on this list please take a moment to send a message to your representatives in Lansing.  Tell them to do their job and support a plan to fix our roads on May 6 [the day after the election].

(Unlike the U.S. Congress, in the Michigan legislature bills can only be co-sponsored before they are introduced, so additional cosponsors cannot be added.  But every state representative, and every senator, can go on record supporting any plan.)

If you think about it, the sham argument for Proposal 1–“no choice”–would be absurd in any situation.  It would be irresponsible bordering on derelict for any legislator to say on any urgent public safety problem: “let’s ask voters to approve a given plan, but offer no alternative in the event they reject it.”

Yet that is the position some lawmakers are maintaining.

We need to tell our representatives in Lansing, today:  Do your job, and support an alternative.

Whether it is Rep. Glenn’s plan, Todd Courser’s plan, or any other plan, the legislature must act, now, to decide upon a plan for the day after May 5–and have it done before the election.

In our opinion, a rejection of the May 5 ballot proposal would be a mandate from the people of Michigan to fix our roads without raising taxes.

Please take a moment now to click here to contact your representatives in Lansing and tell them: Support a plan to fix our roads without raising taxes.

Predictably, the Prop 1 pushers are lashing out, with a spokesman for the “Vote Yes Or Else” campaign saying the plan doesn’t raise enough new money.

More is never enough for the special interests in Lansing.

We will soon focus our efforts on getting out the vote and defeating the massive tax increases on May 5, but we too cannot wait until May 6 to act.

We need to make sure lawmakers do the right thing on May 6, and that means working now, not having emergency meetings and rushing through some new mess.

And besides, the more lawmakers do their jobs and support alternatives, the clearer it will be to the voters that it isn’t “Prop 1 or bust.”  We can fix out roads without raising taxes.  That’s a message lawmakers need to hear, right now.

Please, take a minute to send a message to your representatives in Lansing.  Tell them to do their job and support a plan to fix our roads on May 6.

And keeping in mind that we still have a lot of work to do to win on May 5, we need as much support as we can get.  We’re taking on a multi-million dollar special interest blitz.

If you can, please consider chipping in to support our efforts to defeat the tax hikes on May 5.

Thanks for standing for low taxes and more prosperity in Michigan,

The Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan Team

P.S.  Our representatives need to hear from us now and they need to know they cannot remain silent.  They need to pass a plan to fix Michigan’s roads on May 6, now.  Please take one minute to sign the petition to Lansing today!

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Michigan Taxes – Proposal 1


Don’t be fooled: Proposal 1 in the May 5 special election would raise the Michigan Sales Tax and the Gas Tax.

Michigan doesn’t need higher taxes to fix our roads or fund our schools. It needs less government spending elsewhere, which it could easily afford.

On Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, Michigan voters will decide whether or not to raise Michigan’s sales tax to 7%.  Supporters of the tax claim Michigan’s roads need the money — but as with the gas tax today, most of the money wouldn’t even go to roads.

In fact, Michigan government annual spending skyrocketed by $2.7 billion since just four years ago — not counting $2 billion higher in federal spending for a whopping $4.7 billion budget increase.

Yet incredibly, taxpayers are now being told by the “Powers That Be” that they need to pay an even greater share of their money, just to fix our roads and fund our schools!

It’s about one thing: more money for the politicians and special interests in Lansing.

That’s why we say:

We are Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan.

And if you’d like your taxes not to rise…

Here then, is the complete set of laws to be decided by the May 5 ballot question. If you can make sense of it all, consider running for office — you’re more qualified than most of them!Proposal 1. To be decided by Michigan voters May 5, 2015Table of Contents
House Joint Resolution UU (the constitutional amendment)
Public Act 467 of 2014
Public Act 468 of 2014
Public Act 469 of 2014
Public Act 470 of 2014
Public Act 471 of 2014
Public Act 472 of 2014
Public Act 473 of 2014
Public Act 474 of 2014
Public Act 475 of 2014
Public Act 476 of 2014

Please take five minutes to join us and help prevent higher sales and gas taxes in Michigan.