Michigan Lawmakers Approve $215 Million for Roads

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
 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 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)

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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