Welcome to this week’s Throwback Thursday.
Today we take a look at the legislative accomplishments of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In the past, the Transportation Committee has deliberated and approved bills to improve Michigan’s roads as part of an all-encompassing road and infrastructure repair plan that aims to increase efficiency, invest properly using current resources, and improve quality and fairness.
Changes and improvements for Michigan’s roadways will help business and everyday lives for everyone on the road and pave the way for Michigan’s economic recovery. Led by Chairman Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, the committee approved a number of important pieces of legislation including:
- Two bills addressed competitive bidding for local road agencies, which allowed townships to require bidding on projects they help fund so taxpayer money is being spent as wisely as possible on efficient work. They also required MDOT to competitively bid services of entire regions, also ensuring efficient spending.
- Legislation required all road work to have appropriate warranties and secure warranties for projects costing more than $5 million, so Michigan drivers are explicitly guaranteed road quality.
- Bills repealed the 15-cent per gallon diesel tax and replaced it with a 6-percent wholesale tax, increased overweight/oversize permit fees and fines, and simplified the vehicle registration code to close loopholes for special deals and plate transfers.
Investing Current Resources
- Other bills also repealed the 19-cent per gallon gas tax and replaced it with a 6-percent wholesale tax–providing a base for revenue growth in the future–and permanently dedicated all available dollars of state sales tax on fuel to roads while preserving those that go to schools and local government.
Honoring Community Heroes
- Bills expressing their gratitude to fallen first responders and military with bridge and highway dedications. Whether it’s a bike and pedestrian trail in West Michigan or a portion of one of our state highways, these lasting memorials pay tribute to men and women whose sacrifices in uniform and commitment to their communities deserve to be remembered.
This legislation streamlines and creates efficiencies to ensure that money spent on roads is used as effectively as possible. These reforms move us one giant step closer to having the safe, reliable roads that hard-working Michiganders expect.
—Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City
Under House Republican leadership, $584.8 million have been invested in Michigan roads from existing state resources because they understand that fixing roads and bridges without added burdens are vital to creating bright futures for Michiganders.
There are additional bills under consideration in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to be deliberated before the end of the legislative term that will continue to work toward a reformed solution to repairing and caring for Michigan’s roadways.