You already send billions in taxes to Lansing and Washington to fix the roads, yet they are still worst in the nation.
Government must be smarter with your money.
The Build It Michigan Strong legislative reform plan reduces the cost of road building materials by increasing access to construction aggregates, stretching your tax dollars to fix more roads without a tax increase.
Join the unprecedented coalition of labor and business leaders supporting Senate Bill 431.
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MICHIGAN MATERIALS + MICHIGAN WORKERS =
The Build It Michigan Strong coalition of major union and business organizations supports bi-partisan legislative reforms included in SB 431 which prepare Michigan for a more affordable infrastructure rebuild by expanding access to aggregates, ensuring tax dollars meant for road repair are spent paving more miles instead of being lost to higher costs.
Reform is needed because current sand and gravel shortfalls require millions of tons of aggregates to be transported around the state, a problem intensified by local activists waging costly "not in my backyard" (NIMBY) fights against new aggregate mines, all at the expense of our state's economy. These factors are causing tax dollars to be wasted before the first concrete or asphalt is laid down on road projects.
MICHIGAN IS RUNNING SHORT OF SAND AND GRAVEL
Michigan voters are frustrated with the roads but oppose unnecessary tax increases to fix them. So, every effort must be made to stop construction costs from rising. But with so many construction projects driven by our strong economy, Michigan aggregate suppliers face high demand, putting a strain on supply and pushing prices up. In fact, a recent MDOT study confirmed that Michigan faces dwindling sand and gravel reserves in some regions.
HIGH TRANSIT COSTS = GOVERNMENT WASTE, FEWER MILES PAVED
Tax dollars are wasted today because the cost of transporting aggregates from distant mines to job sites costs as much or more than the aggregates. For example, nine million tons of aggregates needed annually in S.E. Michigan are imported from other regions because there is not enough available there. If more mining is permitted closer to major construction zones, more miles could be paved with the taxes drivers already pay.
NEW ROAD SPENDING WILL CREATE HIGHER DEMAND, HIGHER PRICES
Sand and gravel make up about half of the cost of concrete and asphalt used in road construction. Increased demand resulting from new road funding will come on top of a strained supply chain and drive up prices, unless we increase aggregate supplies now.
REBUILDING MICHIGAN'S INFRASTRUCTURE IS A STATEWIDE ISSUE
This plan is about our state's ability to compete economically and provide great jobs that families need. But our economic success is being held hostage by sophisticated NIMBY-driven PR, lobbying and court fights that fail to acknowledge the needs of our entire state.
SB 431: PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT,STOP GOV’T WASTE, PAVE MORE MILES
Sponsored by Sen. Adam Hollier, D-Detroit, SB 431 will protect our communities and environment by specifically requiring that all EPA/EGLE regulations are followed and post-mining land reclamation plans are included. By protecting our water and air, ending costly NIMBY battles and reducing government spending on unnecessary aggregate transit costs, SB 431 is the plan that fixes more roads by being smarter with the funds we already have.
The Build It Michigan Strong coalition brings together business and labor leaders to achieve a more affordable rebuild of Michigan's infrastructure and to put our friends and family to work on great jobs that will transform our state and help improve our economy for years to come. Take a look at the wide range of groups supporting these legislative reforms:
OPERATING ENGINEERS 324
MICHIGAN AGGREGATES ASSOCIATION
MICHIGAN CONCRETE ASSOCIATION
MICHIGAN MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
MICHIGAN INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
ASPHALT PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION
GRAND RAPIDS CHAMBER
S.E. Michigan faces a huge shortage of aggregate construction materials. More than 9 million tons must be imported each year from other areas. That costs you money for transport and increased truck traffic on our roads. Shouldn't government be smarter with your money?
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