Michigan Voters Know the Roads Stink, but Refuse to Pay More
A new survey shows Michigan drivers are well aware the roads are deteriorating, but say they're not paying for their upkeep.
The Michigan news website The Bridge is reporting that a recent survey of Michigan drivers shows that while they know the roads are getting bad in the state, they also believe the state has the money to fix them:
More than 53 percent of voters believe the state already has enough money to fix the roads, according to the poll of 600 likely general election voters commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber. The Jan. 14-18 survey found 34 percent of voters polled think new revenue is necessary.
(Governor) Whitmer and state transportation officials argue the state needs to spend upward of $2 billion on roads and bridges each year to keep them from going from bad to worse.
But they’re “losing the PR battle with voters in failing to succinctly explain why there’s not enough money,” said veteran pollster Richard Czuba of the Glengariff Group Inc., which conducted the live operator survey.
Whitmer is expected to address her promise to "fix the damn roads" in her State of the State address from Lansing on Wednesday:
The findings follow a study last year from The Center for Michigan, Bridge Magazine’s parent nonprofit, that found two-thirds of residents believed roads are getting worse, but only a slim majority, 51 percent, would pay $100 or more to fix them.