Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks'

Jul 3, 2014

A local state representative is among Democrats crying "foul" in Lansing over the latest round of road funding.

53rd District State Representative Jeff Irwin (D)
53rd District State Representative Jeff Irwin (D)
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The state chose projects that'll receive $115 million in funding based on request from lawmakers, and Democrats complain that most of the work is being done in districts represented by majority Republicans. 

Representative Jeff Irwin says this is what happens when road projects are funded by earmarks rather than by a set formula.

"Road funding really needs to go through the formula," Irwin says, "so that transportation planners can determine where the greatest need is and where the greatest traffic is, and make decisions based on science and data."

House Democratic spokesperson Katie Carey calls the latest round of road funding an improvement over last time, but says spending is still lopsided in favor of Republican districts. 

House Speaker Jase Bolger says $40 million of the funding is going to districts represented by Democrats.