roads http://michiganradio.org en Michigan will receive $115 million to fix roads http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-will-receive-115-million-fix-roads <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan will receive is $115 million in special state funding this year for 124 specific road projects in certain districts. &nbsp;This includes 38 projects in the metro Detroit region.</span></p><p>Crain’s Business Reporter Chris Gautz said most of the money will go to districts that are represented by Republicans, and about $41 million went to some districts represented by Democrats.</p><p>“For somebody in another part of the state that isn’t getting any money -- maybe if they are represented completely by Democrats -- they’re not going to see anything and they are wondering why their roads aren’t as important,” Gautz said.</p><p>Click <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140702/NEWS/140709947/38-metro-detroit-road-projects-get-special-funding-from-state-heres">here</a> for a full list of the projects.</p><p>Guatz said there will also be about $1.5 million dollars for the Secretary of State’s office to help combat insurance fraud.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:23:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 18307 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan will receive $115 million to fix roads Highway Trust Fund shortage threatens road work in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/highway-trust-fund-shortage-threatens-road-work-michigan <p>Transportation officials in Michigan are hearing from their federal counterparts this week about a funding shortage that may affect next year’s orange barrel season.</p><p></p><p>The problem is fuel efficient cars, at least partially. More fuel efficient cars mean less gas revenue flowing into the <a href="http://www.dot.gov/highway-trust-fund-ticker">Federal Highway Trust Fund</a>. &nbsp;The federal gas tax rate has remained at the same level for two decades.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18232 at http://michiganradio.org Highway Trust Fund shortage threatens road work in Michigan New laws allow for coal ash in cement and asphalt http://michiganradio.org/post/new-laws-allow-coal-ash-cement-and-asphalt <p>This week Gov. Rick Snyder signed laws that allow for more uses of industrial byproducts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The idea is to send less material to landfills and instead recycle them into as many practical uses as possible.&nbsp;</p><p>These are materials like coal ash, paper-mill sludge and foundry sand.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the past they were dumped in landfills.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:49:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18061 at http://michiganradio.org New laws allow for coal ash in cement and asphalt The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-56 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the latest in the same-sex marriage debate, roads funding, whether Democrats can overturn the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-sponsor-bill-roll-back-abortion-insurance-law">abortion insurance law</a>, and a new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/bigger-usual-story-free-spending-administrator-running-amok">controversy </a>with the Education Achievement Authority.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:45:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 18051 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Lessenberry says it was a week of sad triumph of the absurd http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-says-it-was-week-sad-triumph-absurd <p></p><p></p><p>This Week in Review, Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss three failures of the week: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-fail-come-plan-fix-roads-will-try-again-later">roads funding</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/incompetence-detroit-schools-lose-head-start-funds">Head Start in Detroit</a> and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/no-goats-allowed-detroit-shuts-down-farms-efforts-rid-brightmoor-blight">goats </a>in the Motor City.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:59:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17991 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry says it was a week of sad triumph of the absurd Thank God the Michigan Legislature is spending time passing laws about beaver traps http://michiganradio.org/post/thank-god-michigan-legislature-spending-time-passing-laws-about-beaver-traps <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It is not exactly true that the Michigan Legislature can’t get anything done.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For example, our lawmakers did pass a bill to allow a fur dealer to hold a license to trap beaver.</span></p><p>Don’t you feel better about that? The governor signed it yesterday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the down side, they completely failed to get done the voters' most important priority, fixing our terrible roads.</span></p><p>You see, fixing the roads would cost money.</p><p>It would also require making hard choices, which many elected officials seem allergic to, especially in an election year. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Some of our lawmakers seem dead set against raising any taxes, even though polls have shown this is the one thing voters are willing to pay for. Some can’t see past their narrow ideological blinders enough to simply get the job done.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:22:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17967 at http://michiganradio.org Thank God the Michigan Legislature is spending time passing laws about beaver traps This week in Michigan politics: Roads and education http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-roads-and-education <p></p><p>This Week in Michigan Politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss roads funding in the final days before lawmakers leave for the summer, the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-kalamazoo-students-get-chance-take-part-promise"> expansion of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship</a> and why Detroit is<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/incompetence-detroit-schools-lose-head-start-funds"> missing out</a> on Head Start next year.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:52:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17946 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Roads and education The week in review: Updates on Detroit bankruptcy, and the roads http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-updates-detroit-bankruptcy-and-roads <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Review</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss the latest with the Detroit bankruptcy including <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/koch-brothers-group-tries-derail-detroit-bankruptcy-deal">political push back from the Koch brothers</a> and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/jpmorgan-comes-detroit-100m-plan-and-gets-warm-welcome">money from JPMorgan Chase</a>, and the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-democrats-do-not-support-plan-fix-roads">ongoing debate about Michigan's crummy and crumbling roads. </a></p><p></p><p></p><p> Sat, 24 May 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17735 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Updates on Detroit bankruptcy, and the roads Just fix the damn roads http://michiganradio.org/post/just-fix-damn-roads <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I think the low point in my faith in democracy came late this winter, soon after I had lost one tire to a pothole. I got home after nearly losing another on the lunar surface of a suburban Detroit mile road, just in time to hear a state senator claiming we needed another tax cut.</span></p><p>Well, I thought, I am now living in a Third World country. But guess what? That senator heard from his constituents, big-time. Before long, he was retreating from his tax-cut talk, legislative tail between his legs. Why?</p><p>To quote the leader of his caucus, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville R- Monroe,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I’ve heard the message loud and clear that the roads are messed up, and I think the most common phrase I’m hearing from back home is 'just fix the damn roads.'"</span></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:20:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17687 at http://michiganradio.org Just fix the damn roads Poll shows strong support for raising taxes to pay for repairing Michigan roads http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-shows-strong-support-raising-taxes-pay-repairing-michigan-roads <p>A proposal to greatly increase Michigan’s gas tax goes before a state Senate committee tomorrow.</p><p></p><p>The proposal has already cleared the state House. Among other things, it calls for taxing fuel based on price, instead of volume. It would generate about $500 million in new tax revenue. That's about a third of what Gov. Rick Snyder and others say is needed to fix the roads.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:12:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 17659 at http://michiganradio.org Poll shows strong support for raising taxes to pay for repairing Michigan roads The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-32 <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Review, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss the latest with the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/you-don-t-want-play-poker-kevyn-orr"> Detroit bankruptcy</a>,<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-begins-debate-over-500-million-road-funding-plan"> road funding</a> and the state's <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/1-3-michiganders-are-seriously-underwater-their-homes">foreclosure rate</a>.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:07:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17279 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review If you seek a pleasant pothole... http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-seek-pleasant-pothole <p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:34:23 +0000 Mike Perini 17215 at http://michiganradio.org If you seek a pleasant pothole... Finding funding for damaged roads creates partisan streets http://michiganradio.org/post/finding-funding-damaged-roads-creates-partisan-streets <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers like to say, "There are no Republican roads or Democratic roads" when speaking about Michigan's battered roads and bridges – battered to the point that Republican Gov. Rick Snyder wants more than $1 billion a year in additional road funding.</span></p><p>Chris Gautz, Capitol correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business, has been digging into that statement, and is wondering if it's true, particularly when it comes to the funding of road repairs.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:40:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 17045 at http://michiganradio.org Finding funding for damaged roads creates partisan streets Lansing mayor lays out balanced city budget http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-mayor-lays-out-balanced-city-budget <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says after nine years of deep budget cuts, the capitol city finally is entering a new fiscal year with a balanced budget.</p><p>Bernero unveiled his proposed city budget for next year last night.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero credits an uptick in property and city income tax revenues for the city’s improved budget picture.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>During&nbsp;the last nine years, the city of Lansing has trimmed its workforce by more than 30% and won contract concessions from its unions.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:21:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 16954 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing mayor lays out balanced city budget Michigan lawmakers preparing a small patch for our roads http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-preparing-small-patch-our-roads <p>Despite appearances, those who make our laws sometimes do listen to those who elect them. Here’s one example happening right now. Anyone who drives knows that our roads are in terrible shape.</p><p>Nobody remembers them ever being this bad, especially in major urban areas. But the Legislature has stubbornly ignored appeals from Gov. Rick Snyder to fix them.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:44:13 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16823 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers preparing a small patch for our roads Compromise on emergency road funding to be announced this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/compromise-emergency-road-funding-be-announced-afternoon <p>State lawmakers will roll out a deal this afternoon on a spending package to fix Michigan’s pothole-filled roads.</p><p></p><p>The supplement funding bill is expected to include $200 million for local road agencies. Brutal winter weather has drained county and city road budgets.</p><p></p><p>State House Speaker Jase Bolger declined to give specifics about the compromise road bill this morning, except to say it will address the state’s immediate road problems.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:19:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 16807 at http://michiganradio.org Compromise on emergency road funding to be announced this afternoon 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 Michigan should 'bite the bullet' on road funding, suggests a PA state transportation official http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-should-bite-bullet-road-funding-suggests-pa-state-transportation-official <p>County road commissioners meeting in Lansing today heard from a Pennsylvania transportation official on how Michigan can spend more money on its crumbling roads.</p><p></p><p>Bradley Mallory is the executive deputy secretary of Pennsylvania’s transportation department.</p><p></p><p>His state recently passed a $2.3 billion road spending plan. The plan includes a higher gas tax and other fees.</p><p></p><p>Mallory says like Michigan, Pennsylvania lawmakers know they have to do something to fix their roads.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:14:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 16735 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan should 'bite the bullet' on road funding, suggests a PA state transportation official Emergency road funding could be coming after nasty winter http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-road-funding-could-be-coming-after-nasty-winter <p>A monster pothole season is upon us – and state lawmakers say they want to help.</p><p></p><p>A state Senate panel on Tuesday added $100 million for road repairs and maintenance to a mid-year budget bill to help communities fix potholes and plow roads.</p><p></p><p>Lawmakers say local governments need the help to offset the costs of constant snow removal and efforts to fix potholes caused by the nasty winter weather.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:30:38 +0000 Jake Neher 16502 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency road funding could be coming after nasty winter 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?