To: Michigan Media
From: Kelly Chesney, BLM VP of Marketing and Communications
Date: July 14, 2015
Re: Letter to Michigan Legislative leaders about road funding plans
Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, delivered the attached letter to the leaders of the Michigan House and Senate outlining our stance on the road funding proposals passed by the Legislature.
Both the House and Senate plans rely on redirecting at least $700 million of income tax revenue from the General Fund to transportation. Permanently shifting such significant General Fund revenue to roads will no doubt have a negative impact in other areas that are critical to Michigan’s growth – areas like job training and higher education – that are essential to developing the talent Michigan employers need to compete.
As the voice of many of Michigan’s largest job providers, we ask that our legislators to act swiftly and cohesively to address the long-term funding demands of our transportation system while protecting the critical services our residents rely on and the important programs which bring good-paying jobs to our state.