Gretchen Whitmer will be sworn in as Michigan’s Governor on January 1, 2019. What will that mean for transit? While she has not made transit a priority in the campaign, this administration is expected to be strong transit supporters. Lt.…
The Michigan Legislature finally passed a “Roads Funding” package of bills which the Governor has said he will sign into law. Unfortunately, the package was really the least they could do, the very least.
There are a few silver linings in the package, including $60 million a year for Michigan’s transit agencies, adjustments for inflation, and more flexibility for Detroit to invest in transit.
But it also has some mayor dark clouds, including long delays before implementation, only half of the funding from new revenue, and threats to other budget priorities in years to come.
Read on for more details.
The Michigan Senate voted July 1 on their alternative to a transportation funding package, passing it with mostly Republicans votes. While far better than the House version, it remains insufficient.
We applaud that it would provide roughly $80 million more a year for transit, but are concerned that transit gets only 5% of the total funding and only budget priorities are threatened.
We strongly urge the legislature to improve upon the Senate version and reject the House version, providing sufficient stable funding to our full transportation system without gutting other state budget priorities.
The Michigan legislature passed a major package of bills to fund transportation and more, including $112 million for transit!
However, for the funding to be enacted, Michigan voters must decide in May 2015 to raise Michigan’s sales tax to 7% from its current 6%.
Thank you so much if you were one of the thousands of people who called, emailed, and visited your legislators to urge their support for transit!!
State leaders found a backdoor way to provide the RTA the funding necessary to hire a new CEO and staff, who should be in place in early summer. The RTA Board is slowly proceeding toward updating the Regional Transit Plan and planning the first three rapid transit lines. The RTA’s progress is not exciting nor quick, but important and moving in the right direction.