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Issue Position: Transportation & Infrastructure

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Rehabilitate existing infrastructure and modernize transportation systems
-The American Society of Civil Engineers gives Michigan a D grade for infrastructure
-35% of our roads are in poor condition and one-third of our bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete
-Utilize my 10 years of civil engineering experience to develop effective policies to deal with our crumbling infrastructure
-Address the funding crisis -- we cannot keep putting off providing an appropriate level of funding. This makes repairs far more expensive while our roads continue to get worse
-Rework guidelines for distribution of transportation funds to focus on rehabilitation of existing roads and bridges and not on expansions of the system
-Fully implement Transportation Asset Management policies so that local road agencies are using scarce funding for the most effective methods
-Support the development of alternative modes of transportation
-Support Regional Transit Authority legislation to leverage over $100 million in private funding to obtain additional federal funding for the development of viable transit
-Support the New International Trade Crossing
-Detroit is the busiest commercial crossing between the US and Canada and we cannot risk Michigan's economic future on an 83 year-old bridge that is already overburdened by the amount of traffic that it carries
-Along with the twin spans of the Blue Water Bridge, this project will support our state's economic vitality for decades to come -- Canada and Michigan do more than $70 billion in trade annually
-It provides the impact of a large infrastructure project on jobs with no State funding
-10,000 immediate jobs, more than 30,000 associated jobs during construction and will retain an additional 25,000 long-term jobs -- according to the Michigan State Transportation Commission
-Funding is provided by the Canadian Government and the U.S. Federal Government, meaning that there is no need for offsetting cuts or tax increases at the state level to pay for the project


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