Hi Supporter! I want to let you know that TRU has officially voted to support Proposal 1,
TRU supports passage of Propopsal 1 on May 5, 2015 because it will increase funding for public transit and other transportation needs without harming schools, cities, low-income families, or other important budget priorities.
While it is a complex proposal that is not anyone’s ideal solution, Michigan will be better off if it passes than if it fails. That is the most critical evaluation of any proposal.
Prop 1 will provide essential funding for important priorities.
First and foremost (to us!), Propopal 1 will provide $115 million per year in funding for public transit agencies throughout Michigan above current levels, once fully implemented.
Of that, roughly $50 million a year will support DDOT and SMART (together), likely enabling expanded bus service for seniors, low-income workers, and other riders.
- While this is not enough to fund new rapid transit, it could enable restoration of bus service that had been cut in recent years or enable more buses to run more frequently.
- Proposal 1 restores the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing net financial benefit for low income individuals and families from proposal.
- Proposal 1 provides much needed funding for road repair throughout Michigan, making bridges safer (and providing a smoother ride for bus riders too!).
If Proposal 1 fails, Michigan’s legislature is unlikely to pass any additional funding for Michigan's transportation infrastructure crisis. Instead, other state budget items could be threatened, including transit funding, school funding, and funding for city service like police and fire.
To better understand this complex proposal and its benefits, check out these resources:
Thanks for your attention to this important issue. I'll provide additional information and resources as the election approaches.
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