Michigan legislature needs to listen to the people to fix the ro - Fox 2 News Headlines

Michigan legislature needs to listen to the people to fix the roads

Posted: Updated:
Opinion by Mike Renda
General manager, WJBK FOX 2


Just before the Michigan legislature adjourned for the summer, I called on our state lawmakers to reach a consensus and pass a major road bill before going home to their districts.
 
I emphasized that our road system is at a crisis point and without a deal, there would be long-term problems attracting business and investment to our communities.
 
But judging from many of the responses from our viewers, it's easy to see why the legislature is tip-toeing on an expensive road bill … they are afraid of angry and impatient voters. Many comments said no to new taxes and blasted lawmakers for playing politics and not listening to their constituents.
 
Edward Darga said on Facebook, "Just use the money they have already. Hire people who can do the work and will warranty their work. A lot of Michigan roads are repaired then three years later are falling apart."
 
Bill Bruce wrote, "Let's start reducing the number of legislators and make them part time so the people of Michigan can start putting the money into needed projects. Lawmakers in Lansing need to feel the pain like the citizens of Michigan."
 
And John Mastrengel said, "Nope - not buying it."
 
Many polls have shown the same thing … folks in Michigan want something done and done quickly but they want the roads fixed without raising their taxes.
 
I think that's an option that needs to be closely considered. Our legislative leaders need to sit down and prioritize state expenditures and make some tough decisions instead of immediately going down the road of increased fees and taxes. A combination of decreased spending and slight increases in taxes could be considered as well.
 
The legislature recently missed a golden opportunity to take the bold steps necessary to institute a meaningful solution on roads. We desperately need some energy and urgency toward a resolution of this issue! The Michigan legislature needs to listen to the people!!!
 
I'd like to hear your thoughts - go to our FOX 2 Facebook page and give us your comments.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Boy with autism benefits from therapeutic listening

    Boy with autism benefits from therapeutic listening

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:38:55 GMT
    Trevor Holzer is as active as any other 10 year old boy. just by looking at him, you wouldn't be able to tell he's affected by autismAs Trevor goes through his occupational therapy, he's got his own soundtrack.It's called therapeutic listening - the idea is to help Trevor with what's called sensory processing disorder. The goal of Easter Seals, making the world a better place for children with disabilities. As Fox 2's Deena Centofanti shows us, from an individual child to a team of players, i...
    Trevor Holzer is as active as any other 10 year old boy. just by looking at him, you wouldn't be able to tell he's affected by autismAs Trevor goes through his occupational therapy, he's got his own soundtrack.It's called therapeutic listening - the idea is to help Trevor with what's called sensory processing disorder. The goal of Easter Seals, making the world a better place for children with disabilities. As Fox 2's Deena Centofanti shows us, from an individual child to a team of players, i...
  • Detroit Police's 'Green Machine 40' stages crackdown of suspected drug houses

    Detroit Police's 'Green Machine 40' stages crackdown of suspected drug houses

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:34 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:34:02 GMT
    Heavily armed members of the Detroit Police Special Response Team move in -- swarming this house on Tacoma with the state police helicopter overhead.This residence is believed to be a drug house where people were selling cocaine. No evidence and no arrests were found this time, but Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the message is loud and clear"We'll come back to this location and we'll send the owner a nice note and if we have to come back again we'll take it," said Craig. Elsewhere ther...
    Heavily armed members of the Detroit Police Special Response Team move in -- swarming this house on Tacoma with the state police helicopter overhead.This residence is believed to be a drug house where people were selling cocaine. No evidence and no arrests were found this time, but Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the message is loud and clear"We'll come back to this location and we'll send the owner a nice note and if we have to come back again we'll take it," said Craig. Elsewhere ther...
  • Romulus cop in hot water after road rage incident

    Romulus cop in hot water after road rage incident

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:03:03 GMT
    An off-duty Romulus police officer is facing felony charges in connection with a road rage incident. Officer David Brooks is facing felonious assault and felony firearms charges after an investigation by Van Buren Township detectives.
    An off-duty Romulus police officer is facing felony charges in connection with a road rage incident. Officer David Brooks is facing felonious assault and felony firearms charges after an investigation by Van Buren Township detectives.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices