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Michigan Municipal League

News Advisory


Contact:

Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2019

MML Supports $2.5 Billion in New Transportation Revenue

 

The Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees this week voted to support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s overall plan to boost transportation revenue by $2.5 billion, whether that be a 45 cent gasoline and diesel fuel tax increase or by other means.

The board encouraged the Governor and state policymakers to invest the new revenue in a way  that addresses the needs of the entire state transportation and mobility network, including state roads, neighborhood streets and public transit systems.

League Board President Melanie Piana, a member of the Ferndale City Council, said Whitmer’s proposed increase in state taxes for transportation is a bold first step to addressing Michigan’s appalling roads, while ensuring the state has the resources to address other major needs, including beginning to restore vital local government revenue sharing that has been cut repeatedly for more than a decade.

“The Michigan Municipal League is pleased to stand alongside other important organizations, including the Detroit Regional Chamber, in backing Gov. Whitmer’s courageous proposal to provide a long-term sustainable solution to finally address the major road and bridge maintenance necessary in our state,” Piana said. “The MML board understands our state is at a crossroads, and Gov. Whitmer’s transportation proposal is the linchpin in her plan to once again make Michigan a home for opportunity and prosperity.”

The Michigan Municipal League looks forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature on finding a solution that benefits all of those that use and maintain the system.

About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.

 

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