Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB)
August 30, 2017
Bringing local people to the table, taxing marijuana, and asking voters to approve a statewide bond issue to raise revenue for roads and bridges are just some of the concepts gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar is unveiling today as a package of ideas to fix Michigan’s infrastructure.
“Our roads, bridges, and state’s infrastructure are a gift passed down to us by thoughtful Michigan leaders long ago. Once upon a time, Michigan led the way in innovation, having a highway system that was second to none,” Thanedar said. “By proposing long term solutions to our biggest problems with a year before the state’s primary election, candidates can begin to debate substance in the race for Governor, not just throw platitudes at voters.”
Some of Thanedar’s proposed ideas include:
- An immediate pledge as Governor to not cut the state’s existing preventative road maintenance budget – Michigan must first focus on preservation as it works on revenue solutions to fix long unsolved problems.
- Ask voters in 2019 for a bond of up to $1 billion to pay for roads, bridges, transit, and infrastructure repair, paying attention to the state’s ongoing costs associated with its bonding cap.
- Pot For Potholes – Encourage citizens to make up their own minds when voting for a proposed 2018 ballot initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana in Michigan. If the initiative passes, proceeds from this industry should then be split 50/50 into infrastructure and education.
- In concert with the State Legislature, the Federal Government, and local officials, implement long overdue ideas for public transit and infrastructure in Michigan, that include: 1) Restoring revenue sharing to cities, counties, and…