A new poll indicates that a majority of voters in Michigan want politicians to find ways to fund repairs to the state’s infrastructure. An EPIC-MRA poll finds almost 90% of respondents say fixing infrastructure should be a priority for elected officials. The Fix MI State Campaign is launching its second year with the poll results. The statewide public education effort wants taxpayers to pressure local officials to invest more money into fixing infrastructure. Mike Nystrom is a spokesperson for the campaign and Executive Vice President of Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. He says a majority of those polled also say they are willing to pay more to address problems with water, sewer, roads, bridges and other crucial groundwork.
“The City of Lansing, for example, they’ve replaced 100% of their lead water lines. The City of Grand Rapids has passed a local income tax which is producing about 20 million dollars a year for them to fix their own roads within the city” -Mike Nystrom, MITA
Nystrom says Michigan needs to invest 4-Billion dollars per year for at least 10 years to upgrade systems that in some cases are more than 75 years old. Nystrom says a new video is being used to help educate taxpayers about what happens when a toilet is flushed or the water systems become overwhelmed.
Here is the new Video
Click on the audio link above to hear the entire conversation between Mike Nystrom and WDET’s Amy Miller.