Bills ensure a long-term, responsible solution for better roads
LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, issued the following statement following the passage of a comprehensive road funding plan:
“This is a simple and responsible approach to fixing our crumbling infrastructure. Once fully phased in, it guarantees $1.2 billion of additional funding for addressing Michigan’s transportation problem.
“This balanced proposal will fix our roads while protecting lower income families by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit and limiting the growth of government by reducing the income tax every time state growth exceeds the rate of inflation. Had the income tax rollback been in effect this year, it would have cut the rate for 2016 from 4.25 percent to approximately 3.96 percent.
“The plan makes reforms to reduce the cost of repairs without sacrificing quality by ensuring the bidding for infrastructure projects is more competitive and demands that road work is warrantied to last.
“I have been asked to fix the roads. We have acted to fix the way that we fund, repair, maintain and improve our roads in both the short and long term. I will continue to see that we put additional money toward roads in the next budget and that our taxes are used efficiently.”