Sen. Nofs ready to find best solution to fix Michigan’s roads

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, issued the following statement on Michiganders voting down Proposal 1:

“Voters made it clear, they believe there is a better solution to fix our roads. While I was a supporter of Proposal 1, I respect the democratic process and I’m ready to sit down with my colleagues to find a new solution.

“Our current road funding structure has resulted in the underfunding of Michigan’s infrastructure for more than a decade, and the best way to reverse the trend is by making infrastructure funding an ongoing priority. We saw our roads deteriorate because we stopped making improvements to the way we repair and maintain them.

“I heard from many citizens who were willing to support increased funding for roads but felt Proposal 1 was simply too complicated. I believe we can still find a long-lasting solution to fix our crumbling roads and bridges by revisiting the tax structure and by reprioritizing more of our existing resources. We can and must find ways to spend smarter and make sure the bidding for infrastructure projects is more competitive.

“I’m confident we will be able to find additional funds from existing resources to begin badly needed work as we continue to work toward a long-term solution. As we reprioritize spending, I will work to make sure that our schools and local communities remain funded at appropriate levels.”