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Lawmakers leave roads a wreck, risk other funding

Jan 04, 2016

By STEVEN COOK/President – Michigan Education Association

After years of delay, neglect and political posturing, the Legislature and governor recently trumpeted their success in passing a plan that will fix Michigan roads. Unfortunately, they did no such thing.

By choosing half-measures and politically expedient timing, they put our state — and potentially our public schools — at risk.

For the past decade, the deterioration of Michigan’s roads and bridges, which began as a nuisance, has now become a danger to public safety. The roadblock to repairing our infrastructure and restoring our roads to a safe condition has been politics. Raising new revenue was too big a political hurdle for Lansing politicians to overcome, even in the face of strong public support for increasing taxes to ensure the safety of Michigan motorists.  READ Entire Article