I took US Government at Lansing Community College from the renowned James McClure in 1978. Mr McClure's claim-to-fame was that he was too radical for the Democratic Party in 1968 and had been invited to leave.
In spite of all that, he was a consummate professional when educating young minds.
He informed us that incumbents invariably "juice" the economy with public works before an election.
He told us the time-table. Legislation authorizing the funding for public works, primarily road maintenance, must be approved three years before the election. It takes a year to write and "let" the contracts. It takes 18-to-24 months for the money to trickle through the economy and get it fully hyperventilated.
I don't know that I can survive a higher level of road maintenance then I must currently endure. It is impossible to drive from Eaton Rapids to Allendale without three detours.
The first level of irony is that the US House, the US Senate, the US Executive Branch, the Michigan House, the Michigan Senate and the Michigan Executive Branch were all occupied by Republicans, nominally the more conservative of the two major parties. They all greased the skids to turbo-charge the economy at the expense of increased debt.
The second level of irony is that the last election saw Michigan's Executive branch flip over the to the Democrats. The winner won the office on the motto "Fix the Damned Roads" knowing full well that the Republicans at the state and national level had all ready stuffed the system with contracts and funding to do exactly that.
She won and you cannot spit without hitting an orange barrel, all paid for by the Republicans she beat.
The third level of irony is that the Michigan governor is currently demanding another $2.5 Billion in taxes every year for even more road maintenance. Frankly, a goodly portion of that money will backfill Michigan's underfunded pensions...but that is incidental to this essay.
She knows that the Federal monies will dry up January 1, 2021 and the next Michigan gubernatorial election will be November, 2022 which is more than 22 months after the (free) Federal money dries up.
Wheels within wheels within wheels.
So, are you guys seeing exorbitant levels of road maintenance where you live?