• The hardest vote any of us take in this chamber should be a vote to raise taxes.
  • Going to people who are already hurting and putting our hands out for money isn’t supposed to be easy.
  • I was ready to make that vote with a long-term, sustainable plan that would fix our roads. Unfortunately, that is not the choice before us today.
  • The people are tired of paying more and getting less from their government.
  • That is exactly what this plan does.
  • And to do that without even coming close to fixing the problem is an insult to the people we represent.
  • This is the prime example of how term limits have failed our state. Legislature after legislature not solving the problems that face this great state.
  • These bills rely on cuts to be determined by future legislators but don’t say where those cuts are coming from.
  • You are once again just kicking the can further down the crumbling road.
  • You are voting to raise taxes to keep the roads exactly as they are: poorly maintained and riddled with potholes.
  • By 2021 when this bill is fully implemented, 50 percent of the roads will already be in poor condition.
  • College tuition will go up, our schools will continue to be underfunded, people will be paying more and getting less, and we still will not have fixed our roads.
  • Let’s send a message to our leaders.
  • I implore you to reject this plan and force our leadership back to the table.
  • Don’t raise taxes just so that we can say we did something.
  • Let’s work together to actually rebuild Michigan.