House budget offers smart plan for roads, environment, Allor says

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Following approval of the House’s budget plan, state Rep. Sue Allor announced today that funding to fix our roads is at record levels—including more spending on local roads— and investment in environmental protections will continue in the Oscoda area and throughout the state.

“This budget represents the careful planning and attention to detail it takes to put forward a plan to fix our state roads,” Allor, of Wolverine, said. “The budget proposal passed by the House today makes sure that every tax dollar collected at the pump goes to improve our roads.”

The proposed transportation plan will redirect the current 6 percent sales tax at the pump to be used exclusively for roads. Right now only two of the three taxes drivers pay at the pump actually go to fix roads. Under this plan, every tax dollar paid at the pump will go to fix Michigan roads and bridges, as they should. Across the board, the House’s proposed state budget also helps prepare the way for a road funding package by maximizing budget efficiencies.

The House-passed budget proposal for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now called the Department of Energy, Great Lakes and the Environment) included continued funding to clean up sources of non-petroleum contamination, such as PFAS, as well as a specific line-item that earmarks funds for water connection costs for residents affected by PFAS contamination in Oscoda Township.

“I have supported PFAS investigation every step of the way, and I am proud to have put forward a plan that continues to protect families’ drinking water and our state’s natural resources,” Allor said. “We will continue efforts to ensure Oscoda residents have access to safe drinking water.”

Allor is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.