Top Executive in Construction Industry Calls for Implementation of Recent Study to Create Thousands of Jobs, Help State Economy
industry today called for the implementation by Governor Granholm and the
Legislature of two reports which would create thousands of jobs and give the
state’s economy a badly needed infusion of billions of dollars in new revenue.
more than 90 years has been one of the state’s top integrated construction
materials companies, said that in the torrents of words written about
transfusion that could help alleviate the state’s financial trauma.
He said the possible lifeline comes from of a study produced by a
committee appointed by Gov. Granholm –the Transportation Funding Task Force
(TF2) — which in its recommendations pointed out that if the state were to
create 126,000 jobs and yield
In reaching this conclusion, TF2 pointed out that
under-funding its transportation infrastructure and if that problem were not
solved, deterioration of the infrastructure would increase dramatically.
Also, if the state were to do nothing, it would lose
federal funding because transportation agencies will no longer be able to
afford to provide the local match for federal dollars to which
The TF2 report makes several recommendations to increase transportation
funding, including: increasing
the fixed-rate tax to a percentage of the fuel sales price, adjusting
registration and other fees, allowing local-option transportation funding, and
introducing various reform measures.
The TF2 report was followed by an economic stimulus plan from the Michigan
Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA). This plan also outlines
very specific financial proposals to rescue the state’s transportation
infrastructure that includes roads, bridges, transit, and airports.
While the MITA plan would cost
month in additional user fees, providing a
infrastructure would save the average driver
income. Thus, for
savings of about
In addition, MITA said the plan would save more than 4.5 million hours of
commuting time; reduce harmful emissions, and cut gas consumption by three
million gallons. It would also save 1,400 lives and prevent 10,000 injuries.
Weiner said the TF2 report and MITA’s plan issued last month, have
received little attention. The media have given them little coverage and
reaction from the
“Here is a chance to assist
work and upgrading the state’s transportation infrastructure. The opportunity
cannot and must not be lost,” said Weiner, adding:
“The members of TF2 and MITA, after extensive study, have proposed very
comprehensive and responsible recommendations.
“Given the present fiscal environment, it is imperative that the Governor
and Legislature immediately consider the recommendations in these reports, and
they should do so with a sense of urgency.
“Democrats and Republicans must set aside partisanship in the interest of
decisive and meaningful action. Whatever differences these proposals may
engender can be worked out by people who come to the negotiating table with
goodwill and a desire to help
“The economy of
the economic benefits of the two reports’ proposals. We cannot wait. The
current lame duck session of the Legislature must act.
“It would be inexcusable to ignore plans that could put people to work and
give the state a much needed economic boost. Indeed, it would be
SOURCE Edw. C. Levy Co.