Senate Panel OKs $450M Road Funding Increase

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan Senate committee has voted to raise around $450 million more to maintain deteriorating roads but stopped short of significantly hiking gasoline taxes.

The Senate Infrastructure Modernization Committee voted 4-3 Wednesday for a bill shifting calculation of per-gallon fuel taxes to one based on price. The taxes could gradually rise to keep pace with construction costs.
But whether senators will change the legislation to significantly raise taxes at the pump in the next four or five years remains in doubt. Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville could unveil a plan in the afternoon.
The House voted to spend $450 million a year more on transportation. Richardville wants to triple the additional investment in roads.
Supporters say the public is supportive of paying more to avoid driving on shoddy roads.

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