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2009 House Bill 5072: Transfer road tax money to other purposes

Public Act 136 of 2009

  1. Introduced by Rep. Lee Gonzales (D) on June 10, 2009, to reduce the amount of infrastructure project spending from the transportation economic development fund by $12 million in the Fiscal Year that ends Sept. 30, 2009, and another $12 million in the next fiscal year. House Bill 5073 diverts this money to other state spending.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on June 10, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on June 11, 2009.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Lee Gonzales (D) on September 25, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 25, 2009.
  2. Passed 58 to 49 in the House on September 25, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on September 29, 2009.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 29, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 6, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on October 15, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 15, 2009.
  4. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 20, 2009, to reduce the amount of infrastructure project spending from the transportation economic development fund by $12 million in the Fiscal Year that ends Sept. 30, 2009, and another $12 million in the next fiscal year. House Bill 5073 diverts this money to other state spending.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on October 20, 2009.
  6. Passed 56 to 51 in the House on October 27, 2009, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on November 3, 2009.

Comments

Re: 2009 House Bill 5072 (Transfer road tax money to other purposes )  by KurtPochert on September 28, 2009 

 Absolutely not! The same thing will happened when they (Our beloved Michigan government) said that any lottery income will go to the schools. Did they not subtract a similar amount of money from the general fund when that happened, or a variation there of?


An across the board percentage cut in ALL expenditures of tax payer money to balance the budget is what must be done, regardless of the likes of the MEA, etc.


When our senators and representatives are in bed with greedy unions and other lobbyists, what do you expect from our lame, godless, immoral leaders? We, the average citizens of Michigan, are the slaves of the elite taxpayer paid bureaucracy, that just don't get it, where being a servant to the people has been replaced by dictator of the people.



Re: 2009 House Bill 5072 (Transfer road tax money to other purposes )  by Admin003 on September 26, 2009 

 


Rep. Opsommer, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:


“As Minority Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee I must protest the passage of HB 5072. This bill continues the historic trend of taking money designated for roads and moving it to the General Fund where it gets used for a variety of non-transportation related purposes. It is difficult to justify generating new revenue for roads until we stop taking away money that should be going to roads and spending it elsewhere. Otherwise, road related taxes and fees are subsidizing other programs, and it is disingenuous to ask taxpayers for more road money when we know it will not stay there. As an example, in Michigan the 6% sales tax on gasoline, automobiles, and automobile related accessories has recently generated $1.9 billion dollars in revenue. In other states a portion of this money goes to roads, but in Michigan none of it is earmarked for that purpose. Several members have introduced bills to stop the raid on the TEDF or to allow those funds to be used for other road funding purposes so that they could stay in transportation. At the very least these bills should be tie-barred to HB 5072 so that it is the last time these funds are raided in this manner. The Priority Now! road funding package should also be passed so that roads can get a portion of the $1.9 billion dollars that should at least partially belong to them. Taxpayers rightfully expect that all the taxes they pay at the pump or their equivalent should go to transportation, especially roads.”



Re: 2009 House Bill 5072 (Transfer road tax money to other purposes )  by Admin003 on September 26, 2009 

 


Rep. Agema, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:


“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:


Once again, this bill takes money from roads and gives it to the GF which will necessitates a tax increase on gas down the road.”


 



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