HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 18Legislation Introduced to Redirect Tribal Gaming Revenue for Road Improvements

On Thursday, March 14, 2015, Michigan State Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) introduced legislation to reprioritize state funds and direct the revenue to fund road improvements throughout the state of Michigan. House Bill 4608 seeks to amend the Michigan Strategic Fund by redirecting $60 million in tribal gaming compact dollars to the Michigan Transportation Fund. Notably, the legislation will not alter tribal-state gaming compacts.

“Hard-working taxpayers across the state spoke loud and clear on the issue of roads,” said Rep. Chatfield. “The people of Michigan want a straightforward solution that prioritizes spending instead of raising taxes. My bill aims to make better use of existing funds by utilizing dollars the state already collects.”

According to Rep. Chatfield, the Michigan Strategic Fund currently receives an annual appropriation of $360 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in which $60 million comes from tribal gaming compact dollars.

HB 4608 has been referred to the newly created House Committee on Roads and Economic Development that was formed to approve the House transportation plan which includes Rep. Chatfield’s legislation.

“Finding a long-term plan for Michigan’s crumbling roads is one of our top priorities, and it is time the committee makeup of the Legislature reflected that,” said Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant).  “Creating this committee allows us to come together and work quickly on a solution that fixes our roads, sets the stage for continued economic growth and gets Michigan moving again.”

 

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