Banks, Tinsley-Talabi Call on Republicans to Return to Lansing

Lawmakers say it’s time to fix our roads, not take a vacation
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

State Representatives Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit) called on Republican lawmakers today to return to the Capitol and finalize a comprehensive fix for our crumbling roads. Michigan’s roads and bridges are in a serious state of disrepair, and despite holding the governor’s office, a majority in the House and a supermajority in the Senate, Michigan Republicans were unable to pass a road funding plan before leaving Lansing for summer break.

“Michigan’s transportation infrastructure is literally crumbling beneath our vehicles, and for months, residents have been demanding that the Legislature come up with a plan to fix our dangerous roads and bridges,” said Banks. “It is a travesty that Lansing Republicans have shown they aren’t willing or able to take leadership and get the job done.”

Last month, House Democrats supported a bipartisan first step to fixing our crumbling roads. That package would have kick started Michigan’s efforts to repair the state’s dilapidated and dangerous roads without placing an unfair burden on middle-class families and seniors. However, Republican leadership was unable to seal the deal. And before adjourning for summer break, they failed to offer a proposal, and there was no vote taken on a road funding solution.

“We have a duty to the citizens of this state to keep working until a solution to our crumbling roads is found,” Banks said. “I am appalled that the majority would choose to pat themselves on the back and take a vacation when there is such an enormous problem facing our state. It’s time to go back to Lansing and continue working until the job is done. I’m ready; are they?”

Tinsley-Talabi said, “It is mind-boggling to think that our citizens are being forced to face another year of driving on the terrible roads we have here in our state. Michigan residents have entrusted to us the responsibility to find a solution to our dangerous roads, and we need to find a solution now, not later. I am willing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle until that solution is found.”