Transportation Archives

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Copies of the reports listed below may be obtained by contacting the office at 517.373.8080 or contacting Kathryn Bateson.

Questions on the following documents should be directed to William E. Hamilton, Fiscal Analyst for the Transportation budget.


Budget Briefings


Line Item Summaries


Prior Appropriation Bill Summaries

FY 2019-20

FY 2018-19

FY 2017-18

FY 2016-17

FY 2015-16

FY 2014-15

FY 2013-14

FY 2012-13

FY 2011-12

FY 2010-11


Special Reports



  • Legislative Analysis: Enacted Road Funding Package Summary [185K] November 16, 2015. Prepared by William E. Hamilton, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Jim Stansell, Senior Economist, and Kyle I. Jen, Deputy Director. This Legislative Analysis gives a summary of the following bills in the road funding package passed by the House and Senate and enacted into law. The bills are House Bills: 4370, 4614, 4616, 4736, 4737, 4738 and Senate Bill 414.
  • Legislative Analysis: Senate-Passed Road Funding Package [175K] November 3, 2015. Prepared by Jim Stansell, Senior Economist, William E. Hamilton, Senior Fiscal Analyst and Kyle I. Jen, Deputy Director. This Legislative Analysis gives a summary of the road funding package passed by the Senate.
  • Legislative Analysis: House Road Package - Preliminary Analysis [169K], October 21, 2015 prepared by Jim Stansell, Senior Economist, William Hamilton, Senior Fiscal Analyst, and Kyle I. Jen, Deputy Director. This Legislative Analysis gives a preliminary analysis of the following bills that make up the House Road Package: House Bills 4370,4614,4616,4736,4737,4738, and Senate Bill 414.
  • Fiscal Summary of House Road Package, [146K], June 8, 2015. This memorandum provides summary information on the estimated fiscal impacts of the bills included in the House road package: House Bills 4605 through 4616, as reported by the House Committee on Roads and Economic Development.
  • Ballot Proposal 1 of 2015: Transportation Funding Package [151K], April 7, 2015. Prepared by Chris Couch, Associate Director, Jim Stansell, Senior Economist, Adam Derosiers, Economist, William E. Hamilton, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Bethany Wicksall, Associate Director and Kyle I. Jen, Deputy Director This is a brief summary of Ballot Proposal 1, the Transportation Funding Package.
  • Fiscal Focus: State Transportation Borrowing and Debt Service. [528K], March, 2015. Prepared by William E. Hamilton, Senior Fiscal Analyst. This publication reviews the constitutional and statutory authority for the Michigan Department of Transportation's bond program, as well as the recent history of bonds issued by the department and related debt service. This Fiscal Focus was updated in February 2019.









  • Act 51 Primer [772K], updated February 2007. Public Act 51 of 1951, known simply as "Act 51," governs state appropriations for most Michigan transportation programs, including state and local highway programs and state and local public transportation programs. This report was prepared as a primer on Act 51 and how Act 51 controls state transportation funding.
  • Michigan Department of Transportation's 2007-2011 Five-Year Program, The [531K], February 6, 2007.





  • Personal Service Contracts [282K], October 24, 2003. This memo reviews the statutory authority governing personal service contracts, controls over the contract procurement process, and legislative contract reporting requirements. This memo updates a House Fiscal Agency “Fiscal Focus” dated April 1998 on personal service contracts.
  • Mackinac Bridge Bill Package: House Bills [138K], Mackinac Bridge Bill Package: Senate Bills [138K], June 30, 2003. These two memos summarize bills regarding the Mackinac Bridge.
  • HB 4247 and HB 4248: 0.08% BAC and Federal Funding to Michigan Highway Programs [122K], May, 2003.
  • Padden Amendment, The [117K], May 2003. The focus of this analysis is the so-called "Padden amendment," which was included in 1982 Public Act (PA) 438 amendments to 1951 PA 51, and set certain limitations on how the state Department of Transportation and county road commissions could spend state-restricted transportation revenue and federal highway aid.
  • Preserve First [123K], April 24, 2003. This memo provides an overview of the Preserve First program. This program increases emphasis on the preservation of the state's transportation system.


  • Transportation: Road Construction Warranties [48K], March 2001. This Forum examines the subject of road construction warranties and reviews legislative initiatives regarding road construction warranties, the use of road construction warranties by the Michigan Department of Transportation, and policy issues related to use of warranties.
  • Transportation: Asset Management [42K], February 2001. This Forum discusses the general concept of asset management as well as specific asset management systems currently used by Michigan road agencies.


  • Transportation Video: "Money in Motion: Michigan's State Transportation Budget", February 2000. This 17-minute video gives an overview of the major revenue sources and program areas in the state transportation budget. It also explains the relationship between Public Act 51 of 1951 and transportation spending, and also describes some of the issues related to rewriting Act 51. The video is available, at cost, by contacting the agency at 517-373-8080.
  • Funding Public Transportation, Local Bus Operating Assistance and CTF Revenue (Fiscal Focus) [94K], January 2000.