An Overview of the House Road Funding Plan:
This proposal relies on an equal level of revenue increases and rededication of existing resources. $600 million will come from existing resources and another $600 million will come from new revenue. The new revenue is raised by a 7.3 cent increase in the fuel tax as well as a 20% increase in vehicle registration fees. Existing funds are identified by dedicating General Fund revenue to roads beginning in 2019. The plan would be phased in over five years, reaching $1.2 billion for transportation by Fiscal Year 2021.
Although I did not support all of the bills in this package I believe the overall plan addresses many important issues. This plan includes accountability measures to insure the highest quality roads at the lowest cost and provides tax relief for middle class families through the Homestead Tax Credit. Also it will provide an income tax rollback if revenues exceed the rate of inflation. To learn more about what each bill in the package does specifically, click here.
State Rep. Hank Vaupel was elected to his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. He represents the people of Livingston County, including the village of Fowlerville, townships of Conway, Cohoctah, Deerfield, Hartland, Howell, Handy, Iosco, Unadilla, Oceola, Marion, and Tyrone; the city of Howell and part of the city of Fenton.
Vaupel serves as the vice chair of the committee on Health Policy. He is also a member of the committees on Agriculture, Insurance, and Families, Children, and Seniors.
Hank earned bachelor and doctorate degrees in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University. After college, Hank proudly served as a Captain in the United States Army from 1968-1971.
In 1972, Hank returned home to Livingston County and independently started his veterinary practice, Kern Road Veterinary Clinic, P.C., which now includes eight veterinarians and provides equine and small animal veterinary service to most of southeast and central Michigan. Hank later sold the practice yet he still continues to work on staff as a business manager.
PUBLIC OFFICES AND AFFILIATIONS
Rep. Vaupel has been very involved in the local community. Some of his community leadership includes Handy Township Supervisor, Secretary for the Village of Fowlerville DDA, Board Member of the Fowlerville Area Fire Authority, service on the EDC of Livingston County as well as Church Council President at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Hank and his wife Cathy have been happily married for 44 years. They have two grown sons, Matthew an electrical engineer, and Zachary, an orthopedic surgeon.