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Sen. Horn supports passage of comprehensive roads plan

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issued the following statement Tuesday after the Senate passage of a comprehensive road plan:

“While I supported the plan passed by Senate Republicans, I still have some concerns that this will not raise revenue quickly enough to combat the decades of neglect. Michigan’s roads and bridges have been crumbling for years, and people in my district have been consistently telling me that we need to fix this problem. Today, we took a step in the right direction toward addressing our long-term transportation needs.

“Combining new revenue from gas and diesel taxes and increasing fees for vehicle registration along with reprioritizing current funds will guarantee $1.2 billion of revenue annually to be used exclusively for transportation purposes. The compromise passed today goes as far as we can as a Legislature without going back to the people.

“I’ve been a longtime advocate for reforming our warranty system and making sure we allow for more competitive bidding, and I was happy to see both of these items addressed in the package. I also supported the plan because it included a Homestead Property Tax Credit increase that will provide a little relief for our middle class families to offset the increase they’ll see at the pump.

“I think this is a good starting point to the solution that Michiganders want; a common sense, responsible plan that guarantees revenue raised goes to our transportation system. I was able to support a plan that balances new revenue and reprioritized spending. However, I feel we should continue to monitor the money being dedicated today to see if it is actually effective in fixing our roads.”