House restored funding for local bus agencies, thanks to supporter outreach! But more work needed: funding could still be slashed for senior shuttles, rides to work, regional initiatives (including RTA!!), and more! Following a tidal wave of opposition from transit agencies and hundreds of transit supporters like you, the Michigan House of Representatives amended their …
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!!
Michigan Leaders will decide in the next few days whether to support or to gut Michigan’s transportation funding!
ACT NOW: Tell legislators and Governor Snyder that Michigan needs a full range of reliable transportation choices. CALL TODAY and/or use our easy online tool to email your legislators.
Click above for more details and ways you can help save transit funding!!