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STATEMENT FROM DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER ON THE PROPOSED PLAN TO FIX MICHIGAN’S ROADS

DETROIT, December 18, 2014: Today, Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah issued the following statement on the proposed plan to ask voters to provide more than $1 billion in funding for Michigan’s roads:

“Functioning and safe roads are not luxury items. You cannot cut corners investing in critical infrastructure crucial to Michigan’s economy. We are disappointed that the Legislature was not able to successfully address this issue in 2014 – despite the urgency of the situation.  The Chamber preferred the Senate’s user-based approach that more closely tied the cost of fixing the roads to the users of the roads – and prevented an increase in the sales tax and the cost of a ballot initiative.

It is also questionable whether there is enough time or resources to execute a successful awareness campaign to sufficiently educate voters on this issue.  The Chamber does not have an official position on amending the constitution at this time, but still considers fixing our state’s roads a top economic and legislative priority.”