Road and Bridge Programs
All from Special
[T]he Governor should form a Michigan Commission on Highway
Infrastructure Reform to study and report on ways to reinvent the roadbuilding
and maintenance system. Just as with welfare reform, we need to re-examine the
entire system, and consider fundamental changes. Possible changes that a
commission should consider include reforms in the organization and the
operations of state, county and city road operations, and the interface between
these entities. The role of county road commissions as independent entities
should be specifically considered.
[T]he proposed commission should also investigate the way other states
operate at the local level, the productivity of existing operations relative to
other states, the potential for savings, and possible state incentives to
eliminate duplication and improve productivity and efficiency. The commission
should also examine opportunities to eliminate duplication between state and
county operations and potential savings from consolidations or increased
contracting relationships, and the potential to increase the privatization of
state, county and city highway operations.
Aggressive reforms in the organizational structure and methods of
securing highway infrastructure and repair could generate substantial savings .
. . a reinvention of how government and the private sector function in the
roadbuilding and maintenance business can save at a bare minimum 10% of the
current maintenance costs.
Taylor's estimates are correct and the state implemented such changes, a savings
of $111,873,300 could be realized within the next fiscal year, as spending could
be reduced from $1,118,733,000 to $1,006,859,700.