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. All while protecting our environment.
Join the unprecedented coalition of union and business leaders supporting Senate Bill 431.
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The Build It Michigan Strong coalition of union and business organizations supports the bi-partisan reforms included in SB 431, which reduces infrastructure construction costs by expanding aggregate supplies and sourcing them closer to job sites, ensuring tax dollars are spent on roads and sewers instead of being lost to higher expenses.
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 to keep drinking water clean and safe. But tax increases to fix it all are out of reach. One way to find more funding is to reduce construction costs.
NIMBY ACTIVISM BLOCKING AGGREGATE ACCESS, COSTING TAXPAYERS
SB 431 is necessary because demand for sand and gravel is too often stymied by local activists waging sophisticated NIMBY 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.
HIGH TRANSIT COSTS = GOVERNMENT WASTE, FEWER ROADS FIXED
In addition to higher costs from lower supplies, tax dollars are wasted when NIMBYs force the sources of aggregates further away. Transporting aggregates from distant mines to job sites costs as much— or more— than the aggregates themselves. For example, millions of tons of aggregates needed annually in S.E. Michigan are imported from other regions by truck and boat because there is not enough made available locally. By permitting mines closer to job sites, more infrastructure can be fixed with the taxes we already pay.
NEW ROAD SPENDING WILL CREATE HIGHER DEMAND, HIGHER PRICES
Aggregates like sand and gravel make up about half of the cost of concrete and asphalt used in 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 OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS A STATEWIDE ISSUE, NOT A LOCAL ONE
SB 431 is about Michigan’s ability to compete economically and create jobs that families need. However, Michigan’s economic success is held hostage by local but sophisticated NIMBY PR, lobbying and court fights that fail to acknowledge the needs of our entire state.
PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT WHILE REPAIRING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE
Great care has been taken to consider all issues, especially our environment. Aggregate mining does not cause pollution. However, SB 431 and related legislation includes extra protective measures to ensure drinking water supplies and neighbors near mines are safeguarded, EPA / EGLE participation takes place and land reclamation plans are followed.
BI-PARTISAN SB 431: STOP WASTE, FIX INFRASTRUCTURE, CREATE JOBS
By passing the bi-partisan SB 431, sponsored Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), Michigan will implement badly needed infrastructure reform that reduces construction costs, fixes more roads and sewers, and puts people back to work, just as our economy needs it most.
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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
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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