Michigan Legislature

Michigan House Speaker Joe Tate speaks at a podium.

Land Value Tax Would Help Redevelop Detroit’s Density

Detroit has long struggled with high property tax rates, low property values, and insufficient City funding for critical services like public transportation. Mayor Duggan has proposed one way to start addressing those challenges – a new Land Value Tax (LVT). Property taxes would be assessed separately for the land and for the developed buildings on …

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Exciting (though short-term) State Budget Win!!

Wednesday night, June 28, the Michigan House and Senate passed the 2023-24 state budget bills including a much-needed $110 million funding boost for public transit! New State Funding For Public Transit After decades of disinvestment, we’ve been fighting hard for a funding boost, especially for local bus operating (LBO) funds – and succeeded in winning …

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Tell Michigan Leaders to finally make big investments in transit!

As President Biden has often said, “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value.” Yet for decades, Michigan’s budgets have neglected public transit, rail, and active transportation, leaving Michiganders out in the cold. New legislative leaders must make bold new investments in affordable, sustainable transportation choices. …

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An electric bike on a CATA bus at the East Lansing Amtrak station as a train departs in the background

Updated: Michigan Legislature Transit Watch

These legislative updates have a new home! For updates beyond May 2023, visit #MILegTransit: Legislative Updates. The 102nd Legislature entered office on January 11th, 2023. Educating legislators old and new on the importance of funding frequent, reliable, and accessible public transportation is one of TRU’s top priorities this year. This Michigan Legislature Transit Watch will …

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Time for the State of Michigan to Invest in Great Transit!!

Michigan leaders are currently deciding how to spend more than $10 billion in federal infrastructure investments and billions more in stimulus and other surpluses. That’s on top of the $5 billion the Michigan Department of Transportation spends every year. “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you …

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