Lansing – State Representative Shane Hernandez chaired a House Appropriations Subcommittee meeting Tuesday that moved a Transportation budget which many see as a challenge to the status quo. Within the recommended budget are requirements that the Michigan Department of Transportation shift money away from administrative and planning costs, and put it towards fixing Michigan roads.
“I’ve said it from day one,” said Hernandez, “My primary objective as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation will be to ensure as much transportation funding as possible goes directly to improving Michigan’s roads.”
Major changes to the transportation budget include:
- Eliminating 191 positions within the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) which are currently vacant, and do not directly affect road maintenance.
- Requiring MDOT to prioritize road maintenance/construction projects over public transit systems when deciding how to spend almost $100 Million in toll credits.
- Selling of two of the five MDOT owned and operated aircraft.
“Given the fact we now have a $4.3 billion a year transportation budget, I refuse to accept the premise that our roads are destined to get worse and worse over time,” said Hernandez, “I look forward to continue working with MDOT and my legislative colleagues to find a solution to fixing Michigan roads without raising taxes.”
House Bill 4242 now will be considered by the full House Appropriations Committee.
An overview of House Bill 4242 can be found at: http://www.house.mi.gov/hfa/Transportation.asp