WXYZ Editorial: Michigan needs a long-term roads funding repair plan now!

WXYZ Detroit - Time is running out!  Two months ago, we called on Michigan lawmakers to come up with a plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.  Like it or not, we said it was time to bite the bullet and increase state funding.  Michigan lags 50th in the nation in per capita spending on its state highways. 

Since we challenged our elected leaders, some key things have happened.  Most importantly, our recent WXYZ-TV/Detroit Free Press statewide poll now indicates how fed up Michiganders are with the terrible condition of our roads.  They say it is now the state’s #1 problem.  It currently leads the voters concern ahead of Michigan’s economy and the quality of education.   Other recent polls concur. 

A package of road funding bills recently passed the Michigan House and Senate.  It's now up to the full legislature to pass this measure.  

Our message is simple.  Keep the pressure on!  Write or call your state legislator and tell them you want a sensible, long-term road funding repair plan that state residents can vote on this election year.  We all know that Michigan cannot kick this issue down its potholed roads any longer.

Lawmakers, if you do your job, we’ll support a good plan.  Let’s  make sure Michigan’s roads and bridges  are no longer the laughing stock of our nation.   For information on how you can contact your legislator, go to wxyz.com.

I'm Mike Murri, Station Manager

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