Our roads are horrendous, politicians have failed us.
My plans to fix the roads include:
- No tax increases to fix the roads
- Use 0.35% of the state’s income tax for two consecutive years, which will generate $875M/year.
- In 2015, the legislature passed an additional $1.2 billion dollar roads plan that will not be fully phased in until 2021. Many experts believe this amount is enough to properly maintain our roads yearly, but not enough to get caught up on projects we are behind on.
- By using 0.35% of the state’s income tax for roads over two years, we will be able to invest an additional $1.75 billion towards road repair. We could then target a significant portion of our road repair dollars to our cities, villages, and counties, which would go a long way towards improving the condition of Michigan’s roads.
- At the end of two years, we would begin a graduated reduction of the state income tax from 4.25% to 3.9%.
- By accelerating the repairs of our roads, we also begin to solve the problem of the “hidden road tax.” Flat tires, broken windshields, and rim replacement that we have been paying as a result of Lansing failing to solve the problem. Accelerating road repairs is not only a huge saving for Michigan families, but I believe it would accelerate Michigan’s economy.
Michigan no-fault auto insurance is way too expensive and is plagued with fraud.
I would recommend reform, beginning with two items.
1. Create a fraud authority to investigate and root out fraud
2. Develop a fee schedule that is more equitable. A chest x-ray as an out-patient may cost $65 but if the patient was in an auto accident and has the same chest x-ray, the bill is $600. The cost should be similar whether someone was in an auto accident or not.