Michigan lawmakers have ‘window of opportunity’ to tackle road funding this year, business leaders say


May 28, 2019


Now that lawmakers have reached a deal on auto insurance, it’s time for them to get cracking on a road funding solution, Michigan business and local government leaders said Tuesday.

During a Tuesday morning press conference, Michigan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rich Studley, Michigan Municipal League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin and others said lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should come to consensus on meaningful funding for the state’s infrastructure needs before the end of the fiscal year.

“We’ve got a window of opportunity in this non-election year,” Studley said, later adding, “This a Michigan problem that needs a Michigan solution now. There’s no pot of gold at the end of the federal rainbow.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Section last year gave Michigan an overall D+ grade for its infrastructure system, and a D- grade for roads. Many experts have said Michigan needs at least $2.5 billion a year to adequately address the state’s infrastructure needs.

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