Republicans are always looking for ways to cut the tax burden because, s they might say, they want “to make sure you keep more of your money.” So when given with the opportunity to save Michigan families an average of $1,000 per year, you would think Michigan Republicans would be falling all over themselves to make this happen.
Unfortunately, that is not the case.
According to the Michigan Section of the American Society for Civil Engineers, the current condition of Michigan’s roads and bridges costs the average family over $1,000 per year – a result of the damage done by vehicle use.
Reports show that the overall condition of Michigan’s bridges ranks it the 13th worst state in the nation with 13.1 percent of bridges being “structurally deficient” and a full 76 bridges closed due to lack of funds to fix them. Michigan also ranks 29th in urban interstate pavement condition and 43rd in rural pavement condition.
And while Governor Snyder has given a lot of lip service to creating an environment where companies can flourish, the Republican-controlled Legislature has balked at any increase in spending. But if these legislators did some research they would find that good roads and bridges are one the biggest things states can do to attract business. Even the Republican model of tax policy, Texas, is considering raising taxes – urged by its business community – to pay for better roads.
The concern from Republicans is that fixing roads costs money. However, outside of the $1,000-a-year each Michigan family will save, infrastructure also creates construction jobs as well as supply chain jobs that Michigan could desperately use.