Lansing – Today, Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) praised his Michigan House colleagues for advancing the three bill package to help fix Michigan roads with strong bipartisan support. HB 6013 (Hernandez), HB 6014 (Sheppard), and HB 6015 (Noble) all passed easily on Tuesday and are now headed to the Senate for consideration.
“I want to thank my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for putting politics aside and supporting this package which will help ensure Michigan drivers see better results for their tax dollars,” said Hernandez. “Improving Michigan roads is not a partisan issue, and new innovations should not be advanced or held back based on which elected official you know, but rather on what is best for Michigan drivers and taxpayers.”
The bill package is expected to improve Michigan roads by dedicating a small portion of existing road budgets ($15 million of the $4.8 billion transportation budget) to funds administered by experts outside of the Michigan Department of Transportation who would review, publicly post, implement, and test ideas they receive on ways to improve Michigan Roads without increasing state spending.
Examples of how the funds could be spent include (but would not be limited to): new road additives, experimental machinery/techniques, different concrete or asphalt mixes, or any other ways Michigan could improve road quality.
Throughout the committee process, Hernandez stressed the importance of transparency which is why a list of current projects under consideration would be publicly available online, and a clear application process would exist for anyone to submit ideas directly to the board overseeing the funding.
“We as a state cannot simply continue to do the same thing over and over and expect different results,” Hernandez continued. “Taxpayers I talk with are very clear – Fix our roads without raising taxes. I believe this legislation is a very important step to do just that.”