Cook: Pass Prop 1, fix Michigan’s roads

“Michigan’s road quality is among the worst in the nation,” according to a study done by the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group.

In 2008, the Federal Highway Administration rated Michigan roads 38th among the 50 states.

In the seven years since that federal study, there has been no significant investment in our roads and bridges.

Care to guess where Michigan roads rank in 2015?

We don’t need a new study to answer that question.


MEA urges postponement in using M-STEP results because of testing problems

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 21, 2015 — In an open letter to Gov. Snyder and state education stakeholders, MEA President Steve Cook is asking that data from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) not be used this year in teacher evaluations, district rankings, or for any other purposes. The letter details numerous problems associated with the test, which is now in its second week of implementation in school districts across the state.


Cook: Don’t trust Michigan pols? Vote yes on Prop 1

The ice has melted and the roads are worse.

Michigan’s deteriorating roads and bridges pose a serious safety threat to drivers. Crater-size potholes are responsible for extensive damage to our automobiles.

On May 5, voters have the opportunity to fix the problem by voting yes on Proposition 1.

As I explained last month, Proposition 1 will increase the state sales tax by one penny, from 6 percent to 7 percent and provide over $1 billion to repair Michigan roads and bridges.


Cook: Vote yes on Prop 1, fix our roads

If you believe our schools and safer roads are important to the quality of life in Michigan, circle May 5 on your calendar. On that day, voters will be asked to vote on a proposal that would raise over $1 billion to repair Michigan’s dangerous roads and bridges, while raising $300 million in new revenue for Michigan public schools, funded by a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax.