LANSING – Macomb County Democratic state representatives Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) and Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) today said that they are ready to go back to Lansing to do the job Michiganders elected them to do: stay at work until a plan to fix the roads is agreed on, passed and signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.
“Leaving town for the summer without a plan to fix our roads shows a lack of leadership from legislative Republicans who control the governor’s office, the House and the Senate,” said Roberts. “My Democratic colleagues and I did not vote to adjourn for the summer. We are ready to drive back to Lansing and work until we pass a plan and Michiganders know that they can look forward to better roads so they can safely drive to jobs and appointments, and businesses can safely transport their products.”
Senate and House Republicans adjourned session for the summer last Thursday night after Senate Republicans failed to agree on any kind of a road funding plan. House Democrats voted against adjournment, but House Republicans won that vote and adjourned session. By failing to pass a plan, Republicans also let die a plan to make overweight commercial trucks pay their fair share to keep our roads safe and in good repair.
“Without a roads plan, Michigan residents could face another winter and summer driving on substandard roads, and that is unacceptable,” said Yanez. “I am ready to drive back to Lansing every day and work with my Republican colleagues as long as it takes to approve a plan to fix our roads. There’s work to be done and I’m ready to do it.”