Tell Your State Senator: Fully Fund Michigan's Transportation!

The Michigan Senate will vote on the funding our transportation system WEDNESDAY!

On June 10, the House voted to raise road revenue by taking money from economic development, raising fees for green vehicles, and eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This is not a real solution for our crumbling transportation system!

Senate Republicans are proposing an alternative that's not as bad - it does provide some vital new funding for transit and does increase over time. But it also raises fees for green vehicles, eliminates the EITC, and leaves transit out of some new funding.

The Senate will vote TOMORROW on their alternative and need to hear from you!

Contact your Senator TODAY and urge them to create a real fix for transportation! This solution must:

1. ALL funds need to fund our complete transportation system, including buses, ports, and trails. 

2. Provide sustainable, dedicated funding

3. Raise enough revenue to meet our transportation needs  

Take Action Today!  Then urge your friends to do the same!

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    After voters rejected Proposal 1, legislators have been working to find a new solution. Unfortunately, some legislators seem to think voters only want existing revenue spent exclusively on roads and bridges.

    But this misses not only the needs of maintaining our transportation system, but voter sentiment as well! In a poll conducted by EPIC-MRA in April, 45 percent believed that legislators would need to fund transportation through additional taxes or fees, or a combination of new revenue and cuts to existing state programs and services. In that same poll, 64 percent wanted to continue to fund all of Michigan’s transportation infrastructure, such as public transit, harbors, rail, and biking and hiking trails.

    On June 10, the House passed a package that will raise revenue for roads and bridges by taking money from Michigan’s economic development programs, imposing higher registration fees for electric and hybrid vehicles, and harming our state’s lowest-income working families by eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit.

    Senate Republicans developed an alternative package June 30 and voted it out of committee on party lines. It would:

     - Raise the gas tax by 15-cents over three years,

     - Raise the diesel tax to match the gas tax,

     - Provide 10% of new gas and diesel tax revenue to transit, trails, trains, and ports,

     - Increase hybrid and electric vehicle fees,

     - Eliminate the state's Earned Income Tax Credit that currently supports low-income working families,

     - Allocate $700 million in existing income tax revenue to roads (only), and

     - Require an income tax roll-back if state revenue growth exceeds inflation.

    The full Senate is expected to vote on it Wednesday, July 1.

    Now is the time to educate your senator about the value of finding a real fix for our transportation crisis. Transportation advocates will spend the next month communicating three very important messages to the Senate.

    In order to truly fix our transportation system, we must:

    1. Support our complete transportation system. Historically we have funded public transportation, rail, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and trails by putting money through the full Act 51 formula. The House legislation would bypass all other transportation infrastructure and just send money to roads and bridges. The Senate has the opportunity to change this.

    2. Find a sustainable, dedicated funding source that does not pull money from other important Michigan priorities. Michigan’s transportation system is in crisis, but that doesn’t mean that other Michigan programs and services don’t also need their designated funds. Taking money from things, like our economic development programs, will only hurt other aspects of Michigan’s comeback. In order to continue funding transportation adequately, funds need to come from a sustainable source so we don’t face this crisis again.

    3. Create enough new revenue to meet the real needs of building and maintaining a 21st century transportation system. We need an estimated $1.2 billion annually just to fix our roads. If we are going to experience the benefits of a robust transportation system, we have to find at least this much, and to do so we must look at creating new revenue instead of relying solely on funding dedicated to other Michigan priorities.