The Build It Michigan Strong union & business coalition supports the aggregates permitting reform plan that places decision making in the hands of state environmental experts, saving money on road and infrastructure projects, helping train our next generation of tradespeople, and protecting our environment.
Join us today in supporting bipartisan House Bills 4526, 4527 & 4528, sponsored by State Representatives Angela Witwer, Tyrone Carter and Patrick Outman.
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The Build It Michigan Strong coalition of union and business organizations supports bi-partisan reforms in House Bills 4526 - 4528 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.
HBs 4526-4528: MOVE PERMITTING TO EGLE, CREATING A STATEWIDE UNIFORM PERMITTING PROCESS AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT
Under a new plan crated by Reps Witwer, Carter & Outman, aggregate permitting will be done by EGLE, creating a uniform state permitting process matching other mining industries.
STOP WASTE, FIX INFRASTRUCTURE, CREATE JOBS, PROTECT ENVIRONMENT
By passing the bi-partisan aggregate reforms contained in HB 4526 - 4528, sponsored by State Reps Witwer, Carter & Outman, Michigan will implement needed infrastructure reforms that reduce construction costs, fix more roads, put people to work and protect the environment.
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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 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.
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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