26 August 2010

Michigan Road Group Pushes for more Repair Money

The Detroit Free Press

A group that wants Michigan to spend more money on road repairs is taking a new approach to lobbying lawmakers.

The Michigan Transportation Team sent state lawmakers and those running for office in November maps of their own districts highlighting major roads that are in poor condition.

The group said today that inaction by lawmakers over the past two years will make the roads more than $1 billion more expensive to repair than they would have been otherwise.

The roads coalition includes business groups, road builders, transportation agencies, motorists, and Michigan concrete contractors.

Proposals to raise more money for roads have stalled in the Michigan Legislature, largely because lawmakers doubt residents would support higher taxes.

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