Many politicians speak about the importance of improving Michigan roads, but they aren’t sincere.  What they are really saying is that they want more money to build the road the same way they did before so there’s a new road, but it’s not actually improved.  It’s time to demand that true improvements be made.  It will take time so we need to start soon.  There are several new technologies (and old with new applications) that will greatly reduce the deterioration of the road.  Holland, MI has started a system using heated water from the electric plant and piping it under the roads and sidewalks to prevent water from freezing, which is an essential part in eliminating potholes.  Solar arrays can be used along the freeways to heat and light the roads.  Businesses that use fluid cooling can be required to work with local governments that choose to use a similar model as Holland.  A commission should be formed to study our current practices in road building?  Are we accepting the lowest bid and making roads that will last for 2-5 years when we could smartly invest more and make roads that could last 10 years?  We need to start actual improvements to roads while simultaneously being smarter about our conventional methods.

The State of Michigan made it illegal for county governments to collect property tax on agricultural and wooded property.  This significantly reduced the income available to rural counties and has contributed to the poorer road conditions we experience in rural counties compared to urban counties.  It is time to repeal a part of this law and allow counties to once again collect property taxes on wooded acreage.  In addition, the state should compensate counties for the acreage owned by the state.  Counties can’t be expected to pay for their own governance as well as road repair and maintenance leading to state lands when the state is preventing the ability of counties to raise funds.

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The Main Issue

A Truly Representative Government

I do believe that the quality of our roads is important and I want to hear your thoughts.  Use the Contact Christopher page to share your ideas, opinions or even your disagreement with what I propose.​​

The reason I am running for State Senator is because I believe that both the Republican and Democrat parties are failing at listening to their constituents.  They are too focused on keeping or gaining power for their party and not focused enough on going back to the voters that elected them to hear what they think about the issues.  In today's world with modern technology and social media it is not hard for legislators to hear what voters have to say if they are willing to listen.
I am not a person that will go around giving speeches telling you how you should feel about a subject.  I want to go out and hear your opinion, not shape it.  The following issues and the potential solutions I propose are not carved in stone.  I believe we need to be thinking outside the box of what has become the traditional politician's thinking - maintaining the status quo.  I do believe the issues below are important, but I'm sure there are others that are just as important or more important to you.  I want to hear it, use the contact page to let your voice be heard.  It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat, one of the minor parties or an Independent, I want to hear your voice.  Your State Senator shouldn't just represent members of a certain party, but every person.  That is how a representative government should work.