Michigan’s infrastructure is crumbling. House Republicans passed a roads package in 2015 that raised taxes and fees for families but didn’t come close to fixing the roads and corporations weren’t asked to pay for anything. The additional $175 million the Legislature recently allotted for roads is needed, but it’s just a band-aid. 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.
Education is a powerful tool, but right now Michigan is receiving a failing grade. It is our responsibility to ensure public schools are funded properly and ALL schools, provide the best education possible for our children. A comprehensive, quality education is something *every* child in our state deserves, regardless of their zip code, gender, or unique learning needs. Without an educated population, we have nothing to spur economic growth or prosperity.
A strong Michigan starts with good-paying jobs. 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. But we must invest in what it takes to create an environment where people want to set-up shop. It includes focusing on fixing things like roads, bridges, to shipping channels and fiber optic networks, and education. We are a state built by entrepreneurs, and it is vital to the success and growth of Northern Michigan that we continue to invest, support and encourage new ideas and ventures.