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REGIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON ROADS

Tuesday, October 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
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REGIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY CALLS

FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON ROADS


Strong Business Community Support for Common Sense Solution


Grand Rapids, MI—Today, six Chambers of Commerce, representing more than 9,000 businesses from across the region, came together to announce support for a common sense, long-term road funding solution.

 

“Michigan citizens have waited long enough,” says Rick Baker, President & CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. “This issue is too important to be stalled again. Today, we are announcing our joint support for a common sense, long-term road funding solution that is the right thing for Michigan.”

 

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce - Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce are adding their collective voice to that of the West Michigan Policy Forum and call on the legislature and Governor to support a 600/600 plan that will ensure $1.2 billion in ongoing additional funding dedicated to transportation.

 

The Chambers recommend $600 million to be dedicated to transportation funding from existing state revenues and an additional $600 million be garnered from new revenues, specifically transportation-related user fees. 

 

“This is a straightforward and balanced solution involving a reasonable mix of increased user fees and the reprioritization of current dollars,” said Tim Daman, President & CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

“This plan has the best opportunity to get onto the Governor’s desk and we ask the Legislature to rally behind it so that a real solution is in place before the snow flies,” continued Daman.

 

“Our economy is built on manufacturing, agriculture and tourism—industries that require a strong transportation system to efficiently move goods and people,” said Cindy Larsen President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. “It is time for the Governor and the Legislature to come together and we believe this is the way to do it.”

 

“After years of deteriorating roads, we must take advantage of this opportunity to solve our infrastructure crisis," said Jane Clark, President of Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. "If we continue to let construction seasons go by without a fix, our situation will only continue to worsen. We urge the Legislature to take action on a 600/600 plan.”

 

“As representatives of the business community, we do not take any tax increase lightly and until now, we have avoided being specific about the funding mix. But we simply cannot afford to delay any longer,” said Joy Gaasch, President of the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg.

 

“The business community hopes pragmatism prevails here,” said Laura Oblinger, Executive Director, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. “If not, the consequence will be continued damage to our state’s competitiveness.”

 

“Our memberships clearly recognize the importance of infrastructure investment," added Rick Baker, President & CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. "It is time to get this done.”

 

This united announcement for immediate and decisive action on a long-term funding solution will be followed up with calls to state officials to join in public support of this plan.

 

 

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Contact:

 

Rick Baker, President & CEO, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce 616.771.0300

Joy Gaasch, President, The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake,
Ferrysburg
616.842.4910

Tim Daman, President & CEO, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce 517.487.6340

Jane Clark, President, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce 616.392.2389

Cindy Larsen, President, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce 231.722.3751

Laura Oblinger, Executive Director, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce 231.947.5075

 


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