The HVCLC endorses the proposed millage increase in Scio Township to support the expansion of public transit there.
This millage is going to cost the average home-owning family about $4 per month, while helping those who are too young to drive, too old to drive, or disabled in ways that prevent them from driving. It will also help people who cannot afford a car, because they are elderly and living on a fixed income, or because they are among the growing share of working people trapped in jobs that pay poverty wages.
Even in a relatively rich county like Washtenaw, University of Michigan researchers have shown that 9 out of the 10 most common jobs – and 9 out of 10 projected to create the most new jobs over the next ten years – pay full-time workers less than $32,000. That’s not enough to meet a modest “basic needs” budget, as the United Ways of Michigan explain in their recent report.
Bottom line: more and more people need access to high quality public transit. As for those of us who don’t need bus service right now, we ought to help those who do. That’s how we build solidarity and a sense of community – something we really need to do again – in our county and our country.