If voters in May approve a sales tax increase as part of a broader plan to help better fund roads, the GOP could decide there’s enough budget cushion to push an income tax cut.
On M-59 westbound, east of I-75, there were multiple accidents with police on the scene.
Freezing rain left roadways across parts of the state slick Saturday, causing dozens of vehicles to crash or slip into ditches.
It’s a risky plan, especially if conservative interests spend heavily to urge its defeat and too many business groups that preferred a lawmaker-approved net gasoline tax hike decide to sit on the sidelines.
While snow removal contractors gear up to make sure roads are clear, lawmakers in Lansing are hoping to take a final vote next week on a legislation to repair the state’s crumbling roads and freeways.
Michigan lawmakers have three weeks left in their lame-duck session to enact a potentially wide-ranging assortment of bills, topped by the most pressing legislation of all: boosting road funding.
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Rich Studley, CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, is convinced Michigan’s roads will finally get the attention and resources needed to repair them after some tough winters that have wreaked havoc for motorists.
Researcher at Michigan Tech said that the Department of Environmental Quality has awarded several grants to study rubberized asphalt and that roads might respond better to temperature fluctuations.
People calling WWJ Monday morning had a list of pothole problem areas including: the Lodge Freeway service drive near Eight Mile, I-96 eastbound near Livernois, Hannan Road over I-275.
Counties are rapidly spending their road maintenance budgets and it could leave less for much-needed repairs in the summer.