Bake Sale in Michigan Needs to Raise $45 Million for Public Transit

How much are you willing to pay for a cupcake? They're delicious.

How much are you willing to pay for a cupcake? They're delicious.

How important is rail to the future of transportation in Michigan, the one-time automotive Super State?

There’s so much support that a bake sale is planned to raise money for Amtrak. A bake sale. Like they hold at church or school to send people to camp.

Toot toot.

In a tongue-in-cheek dispatch titled “Cookies for Amtrak,” the Michigan Environmental Council, the state’s largest such organization, is promoting bake sales on Wednesday, July 1, to raise money for the train system. There will be goodies available in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Legislature have proposed state budget cuts that the Council says would derail Amtrak train routes and cripple bus services vital to connecting Michigan workers with employers.

This is a state, remember, that loves it cars. Trains are quaint, but cars are still king.

But the bakers say public transit is becoming more important these days, with people taking pay cuts and losing their jobs.

The bake sale just needs to raise $45 million to restore needed public transportation funds, largely to help Amtrak, the Council says.

Money from the bake sales will be turned over to the State Treasury.

But I have a feeling they might come up short.

“We understand that there aren’t enough cupcakes in Michigan to meet the funding needs of public transit. But we hope these sales will highlight the gravity of a funding gap that threatens to wipe out important services,” said Tim Fischer of Michigan Environmental Council.

(Image credit: jjsawrey, via Flickr.)

43 Responses to “Bake Sale in Michigan Needs to Raise $45 Million for Public Transit”

  1. Put me down for some organic cookies;-)
    I hope they can solve this crisis.


  2. Instead of selling cupcakes trying to get $45 Million. Why don’t we try getting new organizations dedicated in this area of expertise. We are in an economy where we have to watch what we spend and what to spend it on in order to survive. Cupcakes are useless and people who would buy into this is burning a hole in their pocket. Spend your money wisely everybody.

  3. I love cupcakes, they are scrumptious, I could eat them all day. It is a good idea to sell cupcakes because lots of people love cupcakes!<3

  4. Cupcakes are the best thing to do raise money for the public. Hey Jason lets go golfing soon. hope you get your phone fixed.

  5. Cupcakes?? Why not like … eco-friendly stuffed animals? Or trees? Like bonsai trees? Cupcakes?? And where do you get those cupcakes? I’m not saying thats bad but still.

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