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Transportation Groups: Five-year federal bill would shortchange Michigan projects

Rep. Dave Camp must protect Michigan, stop disastrous proposal
Feb 2, 2012
Michigan transportation advocacy groups today called on Michigan Congressman Dave Camp to scuttle a proposed federal bill that would jeopardize millions of Michigan’s federal transportation dollars and put public transportation agencies on year-to-year life support.

The bill would imperil projects already underway and thwart efforts to design a system that supports Michigan’s economic recovery. As chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Camp has the leverage to send the plan back to the drawing board.

“This bill will further hobble Michigan’s ability to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system at a time when we can least afford it,” said Tim Fischer of the Michigan Environmental Council. “Congressman Camp must reject this bill.”

Arnold Weinfeld of the Michigan Municipal League said such a bill would have a negative impact on Michigan’s ability to continue its economic recovery. “Having a superior transportation infrastructure is an integral part of any economic recovery,” he said. “We need a bill at the federal level that will support that recovery, not stunt it.”

These cuts would jeopardize efforts to improve our cities and towns and our state's crumbling infrastructure,” said James Bruckbauer of the Michigan Land Use Institute. “The cuts would also hurt this region's already struggling families who are left with no options to get from their homes to jobs, school, and stores.” ###
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Contact:
Tim Fischer, MEC: 734-255-9206
Arnold Weinfield, MML: 517-908-0304
James Bruckbauer, MLUI: 231-941-6584
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