Detroit Lawmakers Push Change to Benefit Transit

Detroit area lawmakers are pushing a plan in the Michigan legislature that would lift limitations imposed by the 2011 Michigan Municipal Partnership Act on ballot measure to fund public transportation.

The proposed legislation would lift property tax caps and change the ways proposals are placed on the ballot.

Backers of the change say it will lead to economic growth in the region.

But critics say it would create an “open line of credit” for Wayne County and lifting the property tax cap for transportation funding would create a “tool of foreclosure and taxing” those who can least afford it.

The proposed amendment to the 2011 law would allow local governments to offer more “efficient joint public services.”

The change has drawn some support from business leaders.

Jared Fleisher, vice president of government affairs for Quicken Loans, said the lack of reliable public transit options was a factor in Detroit being bypassed by retail giant Amazon during its second headquarters search.

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