Michigan Lawmakers Approve $215 Million for Roads

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers have agreed to set aside $215 million more for road maintenance this year, partly to help local governments grappling with winter costs and potholes.

The Senate voted 30-5 to approve a spending bill Wednesday while another storm was hitting the state. The House then voted 106-2 to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign the legislation.

More than half the money will go to shovel-ready road projects. Lawmakers also are allocating an additional $100 million so road agencies still have maintenance money in the summer after significant snow plowing costs.

The bill also adjusts the state budget to account for the loss of $73 million in expected savings after Senate Republicans delayed the expansion of Medicaid from January to April.

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