Funding for crumbling roads focus of transportation town hall tonight
Caroline MacGregor June 10, 2013 | WGVU In February,
following a year long study on local road conditions, the Grand Rapids Sustainable
Streets Task Force reported 63 percent of Grand Rapids Streets are in disrepair
and if nothing is done, that number will rise to 94 percent in less than nine
While Democrats and Republicans bicker over funding issues in the
legislature, there is still no agreed upon long term solution for Michigan’s
roads. A budget surplus of close to 350 million will help but not for long. An
estimated 1.2 billion annually is needed just to help preserve the current
evening, State Rep Rob VerHeulen along with four other Republican representatives will ask
for public input on the funding crisis facing local roads.
“We can't expect Washington to help us out and that's why at the state level we need to figure out what we can do to raise more money and that also applies to the cities and counties, Grand Rapids is being very foresighted in looking ahead and saying what we need to do as a community to fund our streets.”
Director of Communications, Jeff Cranson, who says one issue up for discussion
is the gas tax.
are another area for consideration.
“The fact that you pay 18.7 cents in state gas tax and you pay 24 cents now with gas at 4 dollars a gallon in sales tax on the fuel. You think, gosh I'm paying 43 cents at the pump for roads, but you're not, you're only paying 19 cents - that 24 cents doesn't go to roads.”
the problems with Michigan’s roads are critical and affect all of use.
“We hope people come and engage and find out what will this mean whether I live in the city or on a county road or on a state highway; how could this benefit my life, we all have a role, you know, it's our backbone, it was built by generations before and we have an obligation to maintain it; it's about mobility and accessibility.”
town hall takes place 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 215A of Grand Valley State
University’s Eberhard Center.
More WGVU News
Today Report: State child poverty up, teen deaths down Lansing MI July 22, 2014 | AP The annual Kids Count survey finds child poverty rates rising during 25 years of data-gathering while fewer teens are giving birth or dying. Snyder: Vote recognizes efforts to help Detroit Lansing MI July 22, 2014 | AP Governor Snyder says a vote by Detroit workers and retirees to approve pension cuts in the city's bankruptcy is recognition that the state has pulled together in support of the city. DNR hosts forest open houses in northern Michigan Traverse City MI July 22, 2014 | AP State forestry officials are hosting open houses this week to provide information and receive public comments on plans for logging and other management activities in the northwestern Lower Peninsula. Man sentenced in death of 2-year-old daughter Flint MI July 22, 2014 | AP A Michigan man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in the 2011 beating death of his 2-year-old daughter who was found with human bite marks on her body. Counter-protest emerges amid child migrant plans Vassar MI July 22, 2014 | AP A counter-protest has emerged in a small Michigan community where people have been rallying against a social services organization's proposal to house child immigrants from Central America. More layoffs coming at GRPS Grand Rapids MI July 22, 2014 | AP The Grand Rapids Public Schools district is sending layoff notices to about 90 staffers as it projects losing another 400 students this fall.