Our roads are in perhaps the worst shape in the modern history of Michigan. Republicans have been in charge of the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature for seven years, and our roads are worse off. House Republicans passed a roads package in 2015 that raised taxes and fees for families but doesn’t come close to fixing the roads. Meanwhile, corporations weren’t ask to pay anything, yet still benefit from our investments. It’s time to make everyone pay their fair share.
But infrastructure goes beyond roads and bridges, it includes things like access to high speed internet. For example, only 10 percent of people living in Montmorency County have access to broadband which is essential in this day and age for businesses and students.
A comprehensive, quality education is something *every* child in our state deserves, regardless of their zip code, gender, or unique learning needs. We need less labeling and standardized testing and more classroom learning for all students so they can be free to learn what they need to grow, thrive, and get the job they want. No company should operate at the expense of our children's’ education and using our taxpayer dollars to increase the their own profits. Public, private and charter schools should have the same commitment to transparency, the same access to resources, and the same commitment to giving our children opportunities to succeed and the best education possible and a safe learning environment.
Working Michiganders should be able to earn a wage that sustains a family, with the flexibility to take care of their families. They need to be able to pay for the things our families need. But working families continue to struggle with stagnant or declining wages under republican leadership. Small businesses are crucial to the economic growth and prosperity of our communities.
Why would a business want to start up or relocate here without better roads, public transportation, high-speed broadband service, and a strong public education system? All of which lead to a higher quality of life. Let’s foster small business growth and make a welcoming environment for them. Instead of offering handouts to out-of-state corporations using our tax dollars, we need to focus on fixing things like roads, bridges, shipping channels, fiber optic networks, and education. It’s time to invest in what it takes to create an environment where people want to set-up shop.