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.
With road crews struggling to keep up with the cracks and crevices on area streets, Warren’s mayor proposes a unique agreement: Let our city patch county pavement.
A divided Michigan House approved a mid-year spending bill Tuesday with more money for road maintenance because of the severe winter and to account for a delay in the expansion of Medicaid.
“There’s an emergency – a serious pothole problem – which is about to get much worse,” said Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy.
Snyder is proposing a $52 billion state budget that includes a tax break for moderate-income homeowners and a 6% funding boost for public universities.
Counties are rapidly spending their road maintenance budgets and it could leave less for much-needed repairs in the summer.
Michigan officials say dozens of transportation projects are being paid for by $115 million in extra money that lawmakers put in the budget for roads.