Published: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 4:18 p.m. MDT
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder called Wednesday for motorists to pay higher taxes and fees as he introduced radical changes in the way roads are built, paid for and overseen.
Speaking to scores of road advocates at Lawrence Technological University, Snyder said he wants to distribute road funds based on road use and traffic. Currently 39 percent of state and federal road funds go to the state, while 39 percent go to county road commissions and 22 percent to cities and villages. He said that formula should be changed over the next seven years so that road funds are spent where they'll do the most good....
Snyder's new assessment of 'where the money goes' is not so radical. For decades city and county governments have prioritized based on 'high traffic areas.' There isn't anything new about that. How does Snyder think the nation's infrastructure got to be such a mess? There are bridges falling apart for lack of attention and he is proposing to formalize the solution now.
To formalize the 'high traffic infrastructure' for state and federal dollars first will mean there will be less angry voters.