There are bumpy roads ahead in mid-Michigan, literally, if federal transportation levels stay where they are.
When the democrats took control of Congress they inherited a budget that needed balancing. As a result, some of the money Michigan receives for road repair could go towards that. An estimated $158 million is in danger.
Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow says it's not likely Michigan will get shorted the increase its promised. "Last year, after the election, the Republican controlled congress decided not to finish the budget so they could basically dump it in our lap," Stabenow said. She adds, for a short time, the money will not be available. But, once the new budget begins federal levels should be where they should be.
Mike Nystrom, Vice President of Government and Public Relations for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation System, suggests putting politics aside and putting the money where it matters. "In the end, $158 million is a lot of roadway repaving," he says.