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The following statement about the Senate Oversight Committee hearing on the two investigations into the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Michigan Aggregates Market Study should be attributed to MTA Director of Government Relations Judy Allen:

Today’s testimony from the Office of the Auditor General and the State Transportation Commission clearly demonstrated that claims regarding the supply of aggregate in Michigan are linked to a flawed, rushed study that was unduly influenced and directed by the aggregate industry itself. Proponents of Senate Bill 431—which attacks local control and virtually strips local governments of their already-limited authority over sand and gravel mining operations—have used the improper study to support the legislation. While few would argue against the need to fix our roads, such efforts cannot be driven by manipulated data influenced by the very industry that seeks preferential treatment to profit from these unnecessary, unwarranted changes in state law.