Sen. Colbeck challenges Senate colleagues to debate road funding

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, issued a challenge to every state elected official to engage in a public debate on how best to fix our roads.  He asserts, “We do not need to increase taxes to fix our roads. If your state elected official believes that tax increases are necessary, encourage them to challenge me and those who are with me in a debate. If no state elected official accepts this challenge, it is clear that no tax increases are truly needed and that we should fix the roads with existing funds.”

“I heard loud and clear the voices of voters who said no to Proposal 1, citing opposition to tax increases that are siphoned off to pay for other budget items instead of roads,” Colbeck continued.

Colbeck went on to point out that both the Senate and the House have passed legislation that would re-prioritize $700M in existing funding for roads. He has demonstrated that this amount is sufficient if we were to simply build higher quality roads that last longer.

The Senator has submitted letters to the office of each state elected official inviting them to participate on either side of the debate. The debate acceptance response deadline in these letters was established as October 14, 2015 at 5pm.