Michigan officials have announced how $115 million of extra funding for shovel-ready road and bridge projects across the state will be spent.
The Republican-written spending plan affects many corners of life — from how much it costs to attend a university to how many state troopers patrol the highways.
More calls for State lawmakers to cut their summer break and get back to work on a plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.
While most city trash bins are dutifully lined up along the street, one serves as a warning of an impending sinkhole for residential drivers.
Late-night wrangling over hiking taxes to improve roads overshadowed Michigan lawmakers’ final days in Lansing before they broke for much of the summer.
Michigan spends less per driver on roads than any other state, yet also has some of the country’s highest taxes at the pump.
Time’s running short if Michigan is going to raise a lot more money to improve bumpy roads — a long source of frustration for drivers.
The fuel tax could equate to over 42 cents a gallon in five years — more than double the existing tax.
Hackel says he thinks many lawmakers are not moving forward on a funding solution out of fear of not getting re-elected.
Calley said Friday a comprehensive road funding fix is still needed, but this money will address potholes and other problems caused by the harsh winter.