Democrat Shri Thanedar Announces Comprehensive Strategies To Tackle State’s Infrastructure Challenges

Shri Thanedar for Michigan Governor

Bringing local people to the table, taxing marijuana, and asking voters to approve a statewide bond issue to raise revenue for roads and bridges are just some of the concepts gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar is unveiling today as a package of ideas to fix Michigan’s infrastructure.

“Our roads, bridges, and state’s infrastructure are a gift passed down to us by thoughtful Michigan leaders long ago. Once upon a time, Michigan led the way in innovation, having a highway system that was second to none,” Thanedar said. “By proposing long term solutions to our biggest problems with a year before the state’s primary election, candidates can begin to debate substance in the race for Governor, not just throw platitudes at voters.”

Some of Thanedar’s proposed ideas include:

  • An immediate pledge as Governor to not cut the state’s existing preventative road maintenance budget – Michigan must first focus on preservation as it works on revenue solutions to fix long unsolved problems.
  • Ask voters in 2019 for a bond of up to $1 billion to pay for roads, bridges, transit, and infrastructure repair, paying attention to the state’s ongoing costs associated with its bonding cap.
  • Pot For Potholes – Encourage citizens to make up their own minds when voting for a proposed 2018 ballot initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana in Michigan. If the initiative passes, proceeds from this industry should then be split 50/50 into infrastructure and education.
  • In concert with the State Legislature, the Federal Government, and local officials, implement long overdue ideas for public transit and infrastructure in Michigan, that include: 1) Restoring revenue sharing to cities, counties, and townships, dedicating those resources specifically to infrastructure needs so local leaders have a seat at the table and a say about fixing local issues. 2) Work to fund high speed rail lines from Detroit to Chicago and Detroit to Traverse City, with central stops along the routes. 3) Work with federal government to prioritize the expansion of I-94 to three lanes across Michigan. 4) Double the state’s investment in autonomous vehicle research – Michigan will continue to be the hub of…

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