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    Providing Public Transportation to a State and a Country on Wheels

    Evan Gross

    Research and Commentary: When Americans think about government funding debates, issues like health care, social security, education, and defense are hot topics. However, many people take for granted that how they get to school, work, and shops every day is a highly political issue. Transportation is a multi-billion dollar a ...

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    Woodward Light Rail Moving Forward Amid Uncertainty

    Michael Malloy

    With over a week still remaining, September has already proven to be an important month for the future of the Woodward Avenue light rail project . Yet it remains to be seen whether there will even be light rail on Woodward in the near future. The month began with a victory ...

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    Interview with Clark Harder, Michigan Public Transit Association

    Evan Gross

    Clark Harder is the Executive Director of the Michigan Public Transit Association, a nonprofit organization that represents the interests of public transportation authorities throughout Michigan for the state government. Mr. Harder has been the Executive Director of the interest group since 1999 and served in the Michigan House of Representatives ...

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    TIGER: Michigan's Winners and Losers

    Michael Raley

    Wednesday's unveiling of awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Innovation Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program left Michigan with little to show for applications submitted by municipal governments throughout the state. Only two cities-Detroit and Port Huron-were awarded funds for their transportation projects, receiving $23 million and $30 million, ...

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    Interview with Rep. David Agema

    Evan Gross

    David Agema represents the 74th District in the Michigan House of Representatives, a district that includes the city of Grandville and parts of Ottawa County in the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Area. He is a Republican and currently the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. Prior ...

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    Texting While Driving Ban

    Kayleigh VandenBussche

    Both the Michigan House and Senate have passed different versions of a ban on texting while driving. Under these laws, drivers may not receive, send, or write text messages, with exceptions such as emergencies or emergency personnel. Both the Senate and House Versions of this bill highlight the importance of banning texting. ...

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    Proposed Changes to Michigan's Gasoline Tax

    Kyle Celebuski

    Although the price of gas is largely impacted by the worldwide supply of oil, federal and state gasoline taxes also play a role. Currently, the federal government charges a tax of 18 cents per gallon and a 24-cent tax on diesel fuel. Along with these federal taxes, many states charge a ...

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    Take me Home, Crumbling Roads

    Adam Barth

    Chances are, most Michigan drivers curse about the poor condition of the roads every time they drive to and from work, the grocery store, and perhaps even to another house in the neighborhood. It has become common to just accept the condition of the roads and remind each other that ...

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    Following the Detroit Region Aerotropolis Initiative

    Michael Raley

    In early November, legislation regarding the Detroit Region Aerotropolis initiative was referred for a second reading as a portion of the Next Michigan Act. Though the legislature adjourns sin die this month, the initiative will likely be an interesting item to follow when the state House of Representatives reconvenes.

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