Enact stronger protections for Line 5 and similar critical infrastructure projects in Michigan to protect Michigan jobs, workers, and businesses.
Fund road repair as a fundamental priority in the state budget and make regulatory changes to simplify and speed up road building.
Finding new ways to fund critical infrastructure and roads without raising taxes is possible. Michigan should use public-private partnerships and other innovative financing mechanisms where they make sense and can ease the annual burden on taxpayers.
Streamline the over 600 government agencies and departments in Michigan that handle road funding annually and improve the overall management of the state’s road system. Eliminate wasteful overhead costs and reinvest in actual road fixes – a multi-year overhead reduction plan should be developed by the state legislature in consultation with national and state experts.
Evaluate transformational changes such as revising the funding formula entirely, giving local districts more flexibility in allocating revenue, or allowing local governments to have greater control over funding decisions.