LANSING, MI – State Representative Greg MacMaster (R-Kewadin) issued the following statement on the State Senate’s recessing for the summer without passing a plan to fix Michigan’s roads.
MacMaster has authored a reform plan that would allocate over $1 billion to fix Michigan’s roads — without raising taxes. Other legislators have also suggested reforms to allocate more resources to roads. The State Senate did not consider any of these reforms.
“I share my constituents’ frustration by the lack of action by the State Senate. But what I find more frustrating is that the Senate had other road funding options available to it, but dogmatically chose to focus on raising taxes.
“The only difference among the proposals discussed was in how much taxes were going to go up on motorists. One proposal would have doubled Michigan’s gas tax, making it the highest in the country.
“There’s no great leadership involved in increasing taxes. It requires no reform, no increase in efficiencies, or greater value for motorists’ tax dollars. Frankly, it’s lazy, status quo government.
“Further, had the gas tax passed it would have hurt Northern Michigan in three major ways: (1) It would have hurt tourism (2) It would have hurt farmers and (3) It would have hurt our rural residents who drive longs distances.
“The people of Northern Michigan work hard. Their legislators should do the same. And we should not recess for the summer until we get the job done and FIX OUR ROADS!”
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