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Michigan Legislature Approves $175M in New Road Funding

The Michigan Legislature voted to provide an additional $175 million in state and local road funding, and sent the measure to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

Midot-inside.jpgThe Detroit Free Press reported that the lawmakers' unanimous March 1 votes on the infrastructure bill came a day after Snyder had "signed tax cut legislation that will save a single taxpayer a little more than $25 a year and a family of four a little more than $100 a year and cost the state Treasury about $180 million a year, once fully implemented. Some drivers expressed dismay, saying they would gladly give up the tax cut and have that money put into roads."

But it noted that Snyder has said the state has significantly ramped up road spending and will have an extra $1.2 billion a year to spend once a 2015 road funding deal is fully implemented in 2021.

The story said that of the $175 million, "$38.1 million would be distributed to cities and villages across the state, $68.4 million would be allocated to the state's 83 counties and another $68.4 million would be used for state trunkline preservation and enhancement projects that would help improve mobility for senior citizens and disabled people, as well as projects that will bolster technology in the state's roads, including coordination and testing with autonomous vehicles."

The state portion, it added, would target $53 million for state road preservation that can include patching potholes, with the rest going toward enhancement projects.

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