Meekhof Issues Statement on Proposal 1

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, tonight issued the following statement regarding Proposal 1:

“Proposal 1 presented an opportunity to solve our state’s complex road funding problem.  Unfortunately, it was not a solution voters could support.

“Many will view the election results as a mandate against increasing taxes to pay for our roads, and while that may be true for some citizens, I believe voters are also sending a message that they expect the legislature to solve this problem.

“Road funding issues have plagued Michigan since the current structure was passed in 1997.  It took decades to come up with a compromise and it will take time to come up with an alternative.

“Last term, I voted for a legislative solution that restructured fuel taxes and took into account the rising cost of road maintenance. Rest assured, I am ready and willing to be part of a practical and sustainable plan to adequately fund our roads.

“The Senate’s first priority remains passage of a budget well ahead of schedule, but I expect the dialogue on road funding to continue.”