The Build It Michigan Strong labor & business coalition supports the aggregate mining permitting plan that places decision making in the hands of non-partisan experts, saves up to a billion dollars on road and infrastructure projects, helps train our next generation of tradespeople, and protects the environment.
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The Build It Michigan Strong coalition of union and business organizations supports bipartisan reforms that reduce construction costs by expanding access to aggregate mining permits in order to source sand and gravel closer to major job sites.
This way, we can ensure more tax dollars are spent fixing roads and building green energy infrastructure, while slashing carbon emissions from lengthy truck transport of materials currently taking place.
MICHIGAN NEEDS MORE INVESTMENT TO FIX THE DAMN ROADS
Michigan’s roads are the worst in the country. Aging sewer and water systems are in need of replacement, too. Tax increases to fix it all are out of reach. But, we can free up existing funding by reducing the cost of the aggregates that make concrete and asphalt, all while protecting private private property rights.
LOCAL POLITICS BLOCKS AGGREGATE ACCESS, COSTING TAXPAYERS EVERYWHERE
Permitting reform is necessary because demand for sand and gravel is often stymied by local politics and sophisticated PR battles against new aggregate mines. Fewer supplies mean higher costs for taxpayers, fewer infrastructure projects built and workers left on the sidelines.
REBUILDING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS A STATEWIDE ISSUE, NOT A LOCAL ONE
Aggregate reform is about Michigan’s ability to compete economically and create jobs that families need.
However, Michigan’s economic success is held hostage by local politics, PR campaigns, and court fights that fail to acknowledge the needs of our entire state.
LONGER TRANSIT HAULS WASTE TAX DOLLARS & CREATES MORE CO2
When aggregate mining is pushed further away from population centers and job sites, more tax dollars are wasted getting these raw materials to market. And, every additional mile an aggregate delivery truck drives means more CO2 released into the environment.
LET'S NOT WASTE GOV. WHITMER'S $3.5 BILLION ROAD PLAN
Gov. Whitmer is undertaking a $3.5 billion road repair plan that amounts to the most spent on roads in any year— ever. By passing aggregate permitting reform, the legislature can ensure these funds are not wasted as aggregate mines are pushed further away from population centers and job sites.
MICHIGAN'S NEW ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE CANNOT BE BUILD WITHOUT MORE SAND & GRAVEL
To build out Michigan's green energy capacity, millions of tons of additional aggregate supplies will be required. Solar and wind farms simply cannot be built without sand and gravel.
STOP WASTE, FIX INFRASTRUCTURE, CREATE JOBS, PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, & BUILD OUT WIND & SOLAR
The bipartisan business & labor coalition of Build it Michigan Strong supports immediate reforms to fix our broken aggregates supply chain, including:
Take politics out of the infrastructure discussion.
Put experts in charge of making permitting decisions.
Mandate strong environmental protections in law.
Slash carbon emissions by reducing long-distance hauls.
Save hundreds of millions of tax dollars and put those funds into future road plans.
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The Build It Michigan Strong coalition brings together Michigan's union and business leaders to achieve a more affordable rebuild of Michigan's infrastructure.
OPERATING ENGINEERS 324
MICHIGAN AGGREGATES ASSOCIATION
MICHIGAN CONCRETE ASSOCIATION
MICHIGAN MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
MICHIGAN INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
ASPHALT PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION
GRAND RAPIDS CHAMBER
HOMEBUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN
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