Road Funding

WEMU News
3:29 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks'

53rd District State Representative Jeff Irwin (D)
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A local state representative is among Democrats crying "foul" in Lansing over the latest round of road funding.

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.

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Michigan News
5:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Road Funding Discussions Dredge Up 'Right To Work'

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'Right to work' part of discussions on roads package

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol over road funding may have resurrected the controversy over Michigan's right-to-work law.

There's a lot of deal-making happening in Lansing as the Legislature enters the final days before its summer recess. The two biggest issues are finishing the state budget, and coming up with more than $1.2) billion new dollars a year for roads - Governor Rick Snyder's top priority before lawmakers leave Lansing.

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Michigan News
4:21 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Road Funding Deal May Have To Wait

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Gov. Snyder eyes road funding deal this week

Gov. Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.

Lawmakers will meet three days this week before they're expected to go on their summer break.

One of the governor's biggest priorities in his first term has been to boost infrastructure spending by more than $1 billion a year. But with political campaigns about to heat up over the summer, a legislative deal still hasn't materialized.

The governor does not want the issue to stay unresolved until the fall - or later.

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Michigan News
7:53 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Road Funding Up In The Air In Lansing

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Road funding talks in flux at state Capitol

It looked like there might be a wave of bipartisan cooperation in Lansing. Lawmakers recently voted to raise the state's minimum wage and contribute almost $200 million to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy.

But that doesn't seem to be the case anymore with road funding negotiations in flux.

State lawmakers want to find a way to increase funding for roads in the next couple weeks. That's when they leave Lansing for the summer.

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WEMU News
7:46 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Washtenaw County Bridges Crumbling; Not Enough Money To Fix Them

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Washtenaw County's bridges are falling apart, and the Road Commission can't afford to fix them.

The Commission's Managing Director Roy Townsend says around 70 of Washtenaw County's bridge are in need of repairs or other maintenance and another 30 have been labeled "structurally deficient."

Townsend says it would cost the county more than $30 million to replace them.

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is currently considering a 1 mill property tax to fund roadwork.

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Michigan News
7:35 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

State Senate Considers Road Funding Increase

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State Senate could triple road funding increase passed by House

The Michigan Senate could vote this week on bills that would increase state funding for roads by $1.3-1.4 billion a year. That's almost triple the amount recently approved by the state House.

Under the Senate plan, people would gradually pay more taxes at the pump over the next few years.

The proposal was brought to light the same day the Michigan Chamber of Commerce unveiled a poll suggesting most Michiganders are ready to pay more for better roads.

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Community
4:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Washtenaw County State Lawmakers Say Projected Revenue Declines Another Concern About Roads Plan

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Michigan lawmakers will likely have less money than earlier projected to put into next year's budget.  The revenue estimating conference takes place Thursday, but the House Fiscal Agency is anticipating $873 million dollars less in state revenues for this year and next compared to the January conference.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on projected declines in state revenues and concerns local lawmakers have on plans to use the general fund to pay for road repairs.

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Michigan News
7:20 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Richardville: Gas Tax, Vehicle Registration Fee Increases 'Just A Matter Of Time'

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R) of Monroe.
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State Senate leader plans to up the ante on road funding in coming weeks

Until recently, it seemed like boosting the state's gas tax, vehicle registration fees, or other new sources of revenue to help fix Michigan's crumbling roads was off the table this year.

But now, state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he hopes to introduce such a plan in the coming weeks.

"It's just a matter of time," Richardville told reporters Tuesday.

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WEMU News
7:49 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Road Conditions Won't Improve Soon, warns County Road Commission

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The Washtenaw County Road Commission is warning that area roads will continue to be in rough shape for a while, as long as the weather continues to freeze and thaw.

Jim Harmon is the road commission's Director of Operations.

"We're experiencing rough road conditions s county-wide at this time," Harmon said, "both on our paved roads and un-paved roads, and our crews are working each day to try and patch and hold these roads together until things completely thaw out and stabalize."

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Michigan News
9:22 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

$100 million for emergency road repairs and plowing clears state Senate

The state Senate has approved a plan to fix and maintain roads being ripped apart by brutal winter weather. The Senate passed a mid-year budget bill Thursday that includes $100 million of emergency money for roads.

Jake Neher reports.

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Michigan News
2:34 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Senate OKs Road Cash And Medicaid Expansion Changes

Michigan Senator Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has voted to spend more for winter road maintenance and to adjust the budget to account for a delay in the expansion of Medicaid. The legislation includes $100 million to fix potholes and help governments with higher-than-usual salting and snow plowing bills. Expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults was supposed to occur in January before senators delayed  it until April.  

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Michigan News
11:56 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Emergency Road Funding

Emergency road funding could be coming after nasty winterBy Jake Neher  A monster pothole season is upon us - and state lawmakers say they want to help.  A state Senate panel on Tuesday added $100 million for road repairs and maintenance to a mid-year budget bill to help communities fix potholes and plow roads. Lawmakers say local governments need the help to offset the costs of constant snow removal and efforts to fix potholes caused by the nasty winter weather. "That warming and freezing will add to the problems that our counties, our villages, and townships, and state ha

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Capitol News
4:48 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Michigan Lawmakers New Year's Resolution: Find Money To Fix Roads

State lawmakers have left Lansing for the holidays and won’t return until January 8th. But they already have a long list of things to do heading into 2014.  One of the big jobs they’ll face will be finding money to improve the state’s roads and infrastructure. 

  

Early this year, Governor Rick Snyder urged lawmakers to boost funding for roads by more than a billion dollars. But Snyder’s idea to raise the state’s gas tax and vehicle registration fees never won enough support in the Legislature – and neither did any other proposal.

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