Michigan road funding

Detroit — Armed with a shovel and protected by a hardhat, Gov. Rick Snyder made a pitch for Proposal 1 Thursday morning while throwing hot asphalt into potholes on Michigan Avenue. Teamed with seasoned Michigan Department of Transportation road workers, Snyder threw black, gummy asphalt into a seemingly endless number of potholes on Michigan near Trumbull, the iconic corner where Tiger Stadium once stood. (Detroit News)

Michigan's poor roads threaten to derail its economic recovery, according to a new report by a national transportation research group. "Your transportation system is tied very much to your economic system," said Rocky Moretti, director of policy and research for TRIP, a national research group funded by insurance companies, road builders and equipment manufacturers among others. "Michigan's three largest economic sectors – manufacturing, agriculture and tourism – are highly reliant on an efficient and well-maintained transportation system." (Detroit Free Press)

LANSING, MI -- Michigan Proposal 1 will ask state residents to pay more to fix the state's crumbling roads, but some working poor may eventually see a modest tax break. The May 5 ballot measure, which seeks to raise the state sales tax and trigger a fuel tax increase, would also lead to expansion of the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, fully reversing a cut approved by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011. (MLive)

If the election were held today, the proposal to raise Michigan's sales tax to fix the state's crumbling roads and bridges, among other things, would go down by a huge 3-1 margin, according to a new poll. (Detroit Free Press)

Michigan’s business community appears to lack a unified front as the May 5 election approaches for Proposal 1, a major ballot measure seeking to overhaul the state’s mechanism for transportation funding. While several local chambers of commerce, including the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, have come out in support of the proposal, the statewide Michigan Chamber of Commerce is remaining neutral due to a lack of consensus among members. By comparison, a statewide group representing independent businesses is opposed to the proposal. (MiBiz)