NO MORE GENERAL FUNDING TAX INCREASES... Our Roads, like our Schools, need REAL REFORMS not just more money thrown at them and Patrick Colbeck and a few other Legislators are the only ones demanding we look at how and for what we spend our money on to Fix Michigan Roads.
Many in Lansing, Government's in general, only solution to anything is a TAX INCREASE! It's time for Government to actually review and FIX AN ACTUAL PROBLEM rather than just throw money at it. The Governor, and far too many Legislators, want to put money into the General Roads Fund which would mean more money on Bike Paths and Road Landscaping also, whereas those I support want more money to go to ONLY FIXING BROKEN ROADS (and not even toward more new Roads), for which the Price-tag is actually far less. Also, the 16.7% increase (from 6 cents to 7 cents, putting MI equal with others at the second highest and slowing/harming Michigan's ComebackState initiatives) does NOT just go to roads; it's a (belated) Christmas tree filled with ornaments to help get more folks to help pass it - even adding 50 Million to the General Fund that Legislators can dream up new things to waste it on! I would vote YES to a half/cent increase if that money was strictly allocated to fixing roads and nothing else, but for May 5 I am a NO VOTE! FIX IT, DON'T DEMAGOGUE IT!
Joseph Martin Lenard (@JLenardDetroit)
Wyandotte, MI 48192-4115
ROG note: The Livingston Daily elected not to publish this letter. Sometimes local newspapers won't publish the letter of an author who lives outside of the local county. Our best bet to deliver the message here in Livingston County is to have local citizens write letters to the Livingston Daily. We need a steady stream of letters to reinforce our message.
Snyder's proposal is bad, period! Even Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit News stated, "There are serious questions and significant flaws in the measure that must be addressed."
I encourage our supporters to write a letter to the editor quoting portions of what Nolan Finley stated. Making a difference doesn't get any easier than this! Send ROG a copy of your letter and we'll post it on our website.