CACC encourages citizens to vote on May 5th.
As an environmental organization, CACC supports efforts to repair and maintain the often deteriorated roads of Michigan.
A characteristic Michigan road [click to enlarge]
While as a society we need to move away from the 20th century model of transportation, as individuals we are stuck with the systems available to us.
- This train uses magnetic levitation technology and connects the Shanghai Pudong International Airport with the city of Shanghai. Trains like this could revolutionize travel across the Great Lakes Basin. [click to enlarge]
Maglev bullet trains and electric car infrastructure will come to the Great Lakes one day … but they aren’t here yet.
In the meantime, we can’t just stop moving,
and many of the roadways in the state
don’t make for easy passage.
We need to focus on the here and now,
and passing proposal 1 may be the only
viable option at this time.
When a road is completely abandoned of all maintenance, it doesn’t take long for nature to reclaim the space…
This situation is detrimental to our economy, time, lifestyles and vehicles, but not only that. It’s also harmful to our environment – the very air we breath.
A bumpy road requires more fuel.
Potholes, bumps and rough roads add to the
friction between a vehicle and the roadway.
In order to reach the desired speed, a vehicle’s engine compensates for the added friction by increasing rpm, which requires the use of more fuel.
That extra fuel releases extra greenhouse gasses.
Inefficiency is defeat.
Please research proposal one.
It is complicated on it’s own,
and it automatically brings into effect ten other measures.
See below for a brief explanation and a list of useful links.
Many Michigan residents would rate this road as “not that bad”
It is worth your time and energy to patiently consider every aspect of these collected measures, and how those aspects may effect your personal, immediate surroundings and situation.
While doing so, we hope you will remember to consider the paramount importance of a roadway system that makes for
easy and efficient transportation; not only for yourself, but
for the basic health of the Great Lakes Bioregion,
and the atmosphere of the Earth, home to us all.
Photo by CACC member Karen Freehl Losey
“First, Proposal 1 would increase revenue for transportation funding by increasing the fuel tax to 41.7 cents or 14.9 percent of a gallon of fuel’s base value, whichever is greater. It would also require revenue from the fuel tax to be allocated to the transportation fund, eliminate registration fee discounts, increase heavy commercial vehicle registration fees and create an electric vehicle surcharge.
Second, Proposal 1 would eliminate the sales and use tax on fuel for vehicles altogether. This would offset some of the increases in fuel prices caused by a higher fuel tax.
Third, Proposal 1 would increase the sales and use tax on non-fuel items from 6 percent to 7 percent. Since the sales tax on fuel provides a significant portion of sales tax revenue, this increase would offset revenue losses to schools and municipalities, which depend on sales and use tax revenue.
Fourth, Proposal 1 would allow municipalities to finance road projects through competitive bidding. The measure would also require performance-based evaluations for state projects.
Fifth, Proposal 1 would increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit from 6 percent to 20 percent.”
Ballotpedia explanation continued…
Ten laws that will only go into effect if Proposal 1 passes
Anderson Economic Group Updated Tax Note with Appendix: Likely Effect of Michigan Prop 2015-1
MLive Editorial: Vote YES on 1 “There is no viable alternative”
Mackinaw Center for Public Policy evaluation of effect on Michigan Taxpayers
Governor Snyder tours state to raise awareness with small chunk of broken concrete off a bridge