Issues

Green Energy

Michigan is poised to embrace the Green Energy Movement and Lansing must be a leader in this initiative. Advances at Michigan State University in environmentally friendly roofing make this a perfect opportunity to utilize the incredible minds of Lansing. As your representative, Grant will offer incentives and subsidies to business and homes that opt to convert their homes and businesses into sustainable structures.

We can further reduce our state’s reliance on fossil fuels by taking advantage of the position Michigan is in. Constructing wind turbines on the Great Lakes and installing solar panels on Lansing’s rooftops will help drive our progress of being a leader in the Green Energy Movement. Microgeneration of renewable energy will relieve pressure on Michigan’s energy infrastructure and allow citizens to more readily control their energy prices.

With Grant’s redesigned state income structure, the State of Michigan will be able to support home and business owners by increasing subsidies for renewable energy generation. The private market has seen the emergence of renewable energy as DTE has announced their plans to end their use of all coal by 2040. Green energy is the future and with your support both Lansing and Michigan can be better with Bradley.

Infrastructure

Michigan’s infrastructure is in dire straits. Our infrastructure budget is hemorrhaging $3 billion a year. Grant believes that the communities of Michigan must come together around common sense, grounded action steps so Michigan can provide for her citizens’ needs. First and foremost, Grant believes that money collected and allocated for infrastructure should be spent explicitly for that purpose and not be siphoned off to pricy boondoggles. Grant also proposes an increase to revenue for roads, bridges, sewers, and water lines via an increased diesel tax to fund repairs and general maintenance where it is so desperately needed. The rationale for an increase revenue on diesel fuels is due to the vehicles which use diesel also tend to weigh more and cause a greater amount of damage to michigan infrastructure. Additionally, semi-trucks, especially when overweight, cause as much wear and tear on roads as 10,000 cars.

To fix this, and ensure that those causing more damage are contributing more to the upkeep of our roads, Grant proposes increasing the fines on those semi’s who exceed the state mandated weight limit for semi trucks and increasing the number of open weigh stations throughout the state. The weight limit in Michigan is 80,000 pounds, and with good reason. As the previous source states, an increase of just 10,000 more pounds results in over a 40% increase in wear and tear on our roads. This can cause roads which were estimated to last about twenty years wear out in less than 10, drastically increasing upkeep costs and bleeding budgets dry.

Grant’s proposals to increase the revenue for Michigan’s infrastructure will help combat the costs of fixing, replacing, and maintaining our roads, bridges, sewers, and water lines.

Education Reform

Education is the cornerstone of Michigan. We must build a better environment for our primary schools, universities, and trade schools to cement both Lansing and Michigan’s place in the economy of tomorrow. Our children and students must not be left behind in the ever more interconnected web of the global economy by isolating and claustrophobic policies forced on us from rural Republicans. Lansing’s students deserve the best we can provide and Grant will fight tooth and nail to see your children’s futures brightened.

Our public schools are the only community structures that rival roads in their level of disrepair. Funding for underperforming schools, or those whose buildings are physically falling apart, will be made available on a dire needs basis. As your representative, Grant will fight for increased funding for public schools that offer advanced placement courses to better ready our students for college, trade schools, or additional educational opportunities.

We can, and will, do more for those who know a 4 year university is not the right path for them. With Grant as your representative, we will create a promise going forward for all state trade schools and community colleges to be made tuition free. Evidence that both the state and universities can come together to provide the quality education our students deserve has come in the recent announcement from the University of Michigan proclaiming in-state students will no longer be charged for tuition.