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Michigan roads are a big mess. Here are eight big ideas to fix them.

March 1, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Reform Proposal A? Raise the sales tax? Boost taxes on rich? As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to unveil her first budget, Lansing officials say it’s time to think big to fix Michigan’s big problems.

Look to sales tax on gas to help fix Michigan roads, report suggests

February 26, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A new analysis by the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan offers suggestions to state policymakers looking at ways to pay to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

The real state of Michigan roads: Poor and getting worse without more cash

February 11, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Department of Transportation cites studies showing as much as $2 billion more a year is needed to maintain the state’s roads. Republicans say new funding should come from existing revenue. Something has to give.

Bipartisan ex-legislators propose gas tax hike to fix Michigan roads

January 31, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The newly formed Michigan Consensus Policy Project says it intends to pitch bipartisan solutions to the state’s thorniest policy problems. Why not start with roads?

With flat budget, Gov. Whitmer’s search for Michigan road money gets harder

January 14, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

New state revenue estimates show Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won’t have a lot of extra money to work with in her first budget. Lame-duck spending and a 2015 road deal makes the task even trickier.

2019 priorities in Lansing: roads and schools, no-fault and clean water

January 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The new legislative session kicks off this month, and with it, the first test of bipartisanship in an era of divided state government.

Michigan Democrats’ 2019 vows: safe roads, clean water, better schools

January 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan's incoming Democratic governor and the House and Senate Democratic leaders say they are aligned on their top policy goals to pursue in 2019.

Michigan Republicans’ 2019 to do’s: roads and auto insurance

January 3, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Fixing the roads and reforming Michigan’s expensive no-fault auto insurance are issues that both major parties say they want to fix. Republicans say they are willing to work with new Democractic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Opinion | Want to help Michigan’s poor and middle class? Scrap the gas tax

December 20, 2018 | Al Churchill

We don’t tax groceries. Why do we tax another necessity – fuel for our cars?

Opinion | Fix the damn roads? Sure. But Whitmer can’t control the damn economy.

November 27, 2018 | Charles Ballard, Ronald Fisher

Governors can do a lot to improve Michigan. But their administrations often are defined by economies that are influenced by trends beyond state borders.

Opinion | With Michigan at a crossroads, here’s a roadmap for Lansing

November 16, 2018 | Eric Scorsone

A series of expert reports on Michigan’s economy and budget, Great Lakes and water management and other issues will help our new governor and legislature address the state’s most critical challenges

Gretchen Whitmer promises fixed roads. Can she find the money to deliver?

November 1, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The Democratic candidate for Michigan governor skimps on the details in her economic and jobs plans.

Opinion | Yes, Michigan’s roads are bad. But help is on the way

October 31, 2018 | Matthew Haworth

The extra money we’re spending now on roads will make a noticeable difference in a few years, says a Michigan business executive.

Bill Schuette: I’ll figure out how to fix Michigan roads after I win

October 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican gubernatorial candidate predicts he’ll narrowly defeat Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, who he claims “wants to tax everything that moves.” Then, as governor, he’ll focus on fixing the state’s roads.

Bill Schuette wants to fix roads while cutting taxes. Good luck with that.

October 4, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Economists say Schuette’s plan of pain-free tax cuts and fixing roads with no new revenues is from the realm of make-believe.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on fixing the roads

July 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Republican, Democratic and Libertarian candidates for governor outline their plans to fund road repairs. Some say considerably more than others.

Can any Michigan governor candidate fix the roads?

July 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates for governor claim to have plans to fix Michigan roads. But none detail how they would raise the billions of dollars said to be needed each year.

Flint, Islam and fixing the damn roads. Your Michigan governor debate recap

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Joel Kurth

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley defends response to Flint. Attorney General Bill Schuette doesn’t like Jennifer Granholm. And religious animosity remains between Patrick Colbeck and Abdul El-Sayed.

‘Smart road’ speed, location sensors going on up Michigan roads

June 27, 2016 | Lindsay VanHulle

Transportation officials say the sensors on southeast Michigan roads are designed to alert connected and driverless cars of the future to potential hazards, and help the state take the technological lead in automated driving.

With gas prices falling, should the state start collecting taxes for roads now?

January 14, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

November's tortuous road-funding deal called for a raise in gas taxes beginning next year to help repair crumbling roads. But why not raise taxes this year, when gas prices are cheap, easing the tax burden in 2017? Lansing, that’s why

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