MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) –Governor Rick Snyder says that a newly revealed surplus of revenue should be considered as a way to fix Michigan’s deteriorating roads, if the legislature does not agree on a road funding package.
The Governor for some time has pushed the legislature to find a way to raise more revenue for roads, citing a need of nearly $1.5 billion. While the potential surplus does not add up to that, a revenue estimating conference scheduled for today in Lansing is likely to agree that it will be several hundred million dollars.
The Governor told reporters late Tuesday that Michigan should first be responsible for its debts, but “beyond that, if we don’t come up with a transportation package, in terms of a funding package, one of the things we should look at with some of these resources is our roads.”
While the Governor has pushed lawmakers to come up with new road revenue, he has hit a roadblock, as minority Democrats say majority Republicans should take the lead, and many Republicans are reluctant to support any type of tax or fee increase.
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