An ambitious plan to expand and upgrade regional transit in Metro Detroit might stall out because two key regional players aren’t on board.
Those two key players are Oakland and Macomb counties.
The Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority wants to put a millage on the November ballot, that would raise about $3 billion (estimates vary) over 20 years to fund its proposed transit master plan.
The RTA board was supposed to approve the ballot measure this week, but ended up postponing the vote at the last minute.
The feelings about the state’s overall direction are just slightly more pessimistic than a year ago, but down significantly from 2014, when 55% of local leaders felt good about the state’s prospects. Now, it’s 44%.
Something happened in a courtroom in Detroit Thursday that may have more impact on the November elections in Michigan than anything at the Republican convention.
Jack Lessenberry for Friday July 22, 2016
Earlier this year, Republicans in the legislature outlawed straight-ticket voting in all elections in Michigan. They gave a lot of phony excuses for why they did this, but the real reason is clear. Straight-ticket voting tends to help Democrats, especially for offices that are less high-profile, like board of education seats.