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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 (SB 429) 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. All while protecting our environment. 

 

Join the unprecedented coalition of union and business leaders supporting aggregate mining reform.

 

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The Build It Michigan Strong coalition of union and business organizations supports bi-partisan reforms in SB 429 that reduce infrastructure construction costs by expanding aggregate supplies and sourcing them closer to job sites, ensuring tax dollars are spent on roads and infrastructure by slashing material transit costs.

All while protecting the environment and reducing CO2 emissions from lengthy truck transport of materials.  

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.  

LOCAL ACTIVISM BLOCKS AGGREGATE ACCESS, COSTING TAXPAYERS EVERYWHERE

Reform is necessary because demand for sand and gravel is too often stymied by local activists waging sophisticated PR fights against new aggregate mines. Tighter supplies mean higher costs for taxpayers, fewer infrastructure projects built and workers left on the sidelines— especially in the wake of COVID-19’s economic havoc.  

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 sophisticated local PR, lobbying 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.  

SB 429: MOVE PERMITTING TO EGLE, CREATING A STATEWIDE UNIFORM PERMITTING PROCESS AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Under a new plan crated by Sen. Jim Ananich, all aggregate permitting will be done by EGLE. This creates a uniform state permitting process that matches how other mining industries are permitted, ensures local input and protects the environment by placing permitting in the hands of environmental experts. 

STOP WASTE, FIX INFRASTRUCTURE, CREATE JOBS, PROTECT ENVIRONMENT

By passing the bi-partisan aggregate reforms contained in SB 429 sponsored by Sen. Jim Ananich, Michigan will implement badly needed infrastructure changes that reduce construction costs, fix more roads, puts people to work and protects the environment.

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supporters

The Build It Michigan Strong coalition brings together Michigan's union and business 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.

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MICHIGAN AGGREGATES ASSOCIATION

MICHIGAN CONCRETE  ASSOCIATION

MICHIGAN MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

MI LiUNA!

MICHIGAN TEAMSTERS 

 

MICHIGAN CHAMBER

OF COMMERCE

MICHIGAN INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION

ASPHALT PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION

 

GRAND RAPIDS CHAMBER

HOMEBUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN

 

 

 

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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TOO MANY ROADS ARE NOT MICHIGAN STRONG AND REQUIRE NEW LOCALLY-SOURCED RAW MATERIALS TO REBUILD THEM.