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.
“One of the ways we got in trouble with our transportation funding was, by having cents-per-gallon, we sort of went backwards.”
Legislators think voters will approve an increase in the sales tax if they say it’s going to education verses fixing Michigan’s crumbling roads.
Thirty-one and a half percent of Michigan roads rank as poor – with 34.1 percent fair and 34.4 percent good in the study by TRIP and USA Today.
The Rick Snyder v. Senate Republicans showdown over Medicaid expansion is overshadowing the fact that other big bills went unresolved before lawmakers adjourned for at least two months.