pothole http://michiganradio.org en An update on where we are with emergency road funding http://michiganradio.org/post/update-where-we-are-emergency-road-funding <p>As we gingerly pick our way through Michigan's pothole-ridden and crumbling roads, state lawmakers are hashing out just how much money to spend on fixing the state's roads and highways.</p><p>Chris Gautz, the Capitol correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business, gave us an update.</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:45:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16799 at http://michiganradio.org An update on where we are with emergency road funding How will Detroit function after the bankruptcy is over? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-will-detroit-function-after-bankruptcy-over <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The city of Detroit actually has a person whose title is Director of Community Engagement. Yesterday, her job was to tell people to go out and clear ice and snow away from the drains on their streets to prevent flooding.</span></p><p><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The city no longer has enough manpower to do this, she explained. They’ll be lucky if they can keep the drains open on the main streets. So the residents need to do it, and while they’re at it, clear the hydrants in case there is a fire.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Nothing wrong with that. I’ve done the same with both snow and leaves from the drain on my suburban street.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But it indicates in a small way one of the big problems Detroit is going to have after the bankruptcy is over.There is not enough money to provide basic services or to maintain basic infrastructure.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Bankruptcy isn’t really designed to fix that. It is designed to get rid of debt. We are still waiting for emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to get there. He does talk about directing more money into basic services, such as police and fire and removing blight.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:06:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16524 at http://michiganradio.org How will Detroit function after the bankruptcy is over? Lessenberry talks potholes, minimum wage, Detroit bankuptcy and same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-potholes-minimum-wage-detroit-bankuptcy-and-same-sex-marriage <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-road-funding-could-be-coming-after-nasty-winter"> money to help fix potholes</a>, an effort to raise the minimum wage, the possible release of Detroit’s bankruptcy plan, and the upcoming trial <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-same-sex-marriage-continues">challenging gay marriage in Michigan</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:28:02 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16505 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks potholes, minimum wage, Detroit bankuptcy and same-sex marriage How are Michigan roads holding up this winter? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-are-michigan-roads-holding-winter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the winter of 2013-2014 drags on, we're really seeing what it's done to our roads.</span></p><p>Patching crews try in vain to keep up with a bumper crop of potholes. More and more of us are losing tires, blowing the suspension as we bang into one of those gaping potholes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And keep in mind, Michigan's roads were crumbling before this winter.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With more winter to go, we wondered where our roads stand and what needs to happen in Lansing to do what it takes to repair and maintain the roads.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk </span>Steudle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> knows all too well what this winter has done to the pavement, and he joined us today.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:44:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 16495 at http://michiganradio.org How are Michigan roads holding up this winter? Lessenberry talks money, politics and potholes http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-money-politics-and-potholes <p>This <em>Week in Review, </em>Michigan Radio's political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Weekend Edition host Rina Miller talk about potholes in Michigan, the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-budget-chief-leaves-academia">departure of the state budget director</a>, and cuts to employees in Wayne County.</p><p>Click on the link below to listen to the interview</p><p></p><p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:42:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 16450 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks money, politics and potholes Roads and sewers aren't sexy, but they need our attention http://michiganradio.org/post/roads-and-sewers-arent-sexy-they-need-our-attention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back during the Great Depression, some radicals were strongly against helping starving people at all. They believed that when only their condition was so bad and so hopeless and they couldn’t stand it anymore, they would finally revolt and bring about a new society.</span></p><p>That never happened, of course, in part because the New Deal kept people alive and gave them hope in the future. For a long time, I thought the idea that you could get people to do the right thing only by making them suffer terribly was heartless.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:02:21 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16409 at http://michiganradio.org Roads and sewers aren't sexy, but they need our attention Potholes straining road commission budgets http://michiganradio.org/post/potholes-straining-road-commission-budgets <p>County road commissions are closely watching their budgets, after spending more than usual on winter maintenance this year.<br /><br />Freeze-and-thaw cycles have caused a wave of potholes across Michigan.<br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"If winter is very expensive, that can impact our other activities that the road commission performs, but pothole filling is something of great importance for us and we will address that," said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jim Harmon, director of field operations for the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washtenaw</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County Road Commission.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder called for $1.2 billion a year in additional money for fixing roads in last year's State of the State address. But his proposal failed to gain traction in the legislature. He's expected to try again this year.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:22:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16044 at http://michiganradio.org Potholes straining road commission budgets Weekly Political Roundup: Rough road ahead for transportion funding http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-rough-road-ahead-transportion-funding <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each week we take a look at Michigan politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, columnist for </span><a href="http://www.mlive.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">MLIVE.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Governor Snyder has been calling for increased funding for Michigan roads to the tune of $1.2 billion a year. This is one of the items he has not gotten a lot of traction on so far from lawmakers on either side of the political aisle.</p><p>According to Sikkema, the last time <a href="http://www.michiganinbrief.org/edition06/text/issues/issue-50.htm">Michigan increased fees and a tax</a> for transportation funding was back in 1997.</p><p>"The reason we keep going back to this sales tax issue is because Michigan is relatively unique. It has a sales tax on top of its state and federal gas tax and that sales tax doesn't go to roads it goes to schools and revenue sharing. There are only about three or four states in the country where all the taxes at the pump don't go to roads. Michigan is one of them," he said.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are better roads, better for business?</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14007 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Rough road ahead for transportion funding If you can't avoid potholes, track them http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-cant-avoid-potholes-track-them <p>Before April showers can bring May flowers, January snows bring February potholes. Roads all across Michigan are showing the strain of the premature Spring thaw, with in some cases cavernous holes opening up.</p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:49:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 1278 at http://michiganradio.org If you can't avoid potholes, track them