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This week’s deluge didn’t just close Metro Detroit’s freeways, it also revealed the poor condition of the infrastructure that is needed to maintain metro area roadways.
That’s the stark assessment of the Michigan Department of Transportation, which on Wednesday described that infrastructure as old and inadequate.
“Infrastructure is more than roads and bridges,” said Jeff Cranson, MDOT director of communications. “It includes water mains, storm sewers, drainage, pumping stations and more.”
Cranson, who said the initial cleanup costs of the freeways were $500,000, noted that Monday’s storm was of such historic proportion that “even with better pump stations, they still would have been overwhelmed.”
For the full article, see Tom Greenwood, "MDOT: 58% of pump houses in poor condition in Michigan", Detroit News, August 14, 2014.
Bicycle riding in Michigan has an estimated $668 million economic benefit annually for the state, according to a study released Thursday from the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The benefit comes from several factors, including sales of bikes and related equipment, money spent for tourism and reduced health care costs. The study also found that 39 percent of Michigan households reported using a bicycle for transportation last year.
“What we hope this report shows is that there are large economic benefits to a community, and bicycling as a form of transportation or recreation does have benefits on the community,” said Josh DeBruyn, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for MDOT.
“It may not be readily apparent to a lot of people out there,” DeBruyn added, “but $668 million in various contributions is a very large number.”
The $668 million economic benefit is divided into five categories:
The study, however, does not include out-of-state tourism, which has increased in recent years with the success of the Pure Michigan program. DeByrun said a future study will look at how out-of-state participation in bicycling events and bicycle-related tourism impacts the economy.
For more information, see "Bicycling in Michigan"
For the full article, see Fritz Klug, "More than pedaling: Bicycling benefits Michigan's economy in huge ways, study says", MLive, August 14, 2014.
Michigan Truth Squad, "Anti-Peters “Roadblock” ad hits a speed bump" : A 30-second TV ad and web post reprising Peters support for foreign firms true, but incomplete.
Michigan Truth Squad, "Land ad hits Peters for accepting Wall Street cash" : Wall Street commercial walks the line between hyperbole and truth.
Fred Keller, "Drill under pristine pines? At what price?" : The question isn’t whether the state should, or should not, sell off rights to oil and gas drilling on state land. The question is whether the state is leaving money on the table?
A Michigan Supreme Court tax case ruling that could force Michigan to pay more than $1 billion to out-of-state corporations has created an awkward situation for Michigan Republicans as they head into their state convention in less than two weeks.
Justices are officially nonpartisan and immune from political pressure, but uniquely so in Michigan, where they are nominated by political parties that spend heavily in support of their elections.
The two Republican-nominated incumbent justices on the Nov. 4 ballot — David Viviano and Brian Zahra — are expected to speak at the convention, and are on the opposite side of the decision from two top state Republicans, Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette, and the GOP-controlled Legislature.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "GOP justices on Nov. ballot face heat over $1B corporate tax ruling", Detroit Free Press, August 13, 2014.
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