Lawmakers: Road funding deal still ways off

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- The Michigan House Transportation Committee is meeting Tuesday to talk about ways to fix the state's crumbling roads.

But a deal to do that likely won't happen until later in the summer.

That's when Republican lawmakers in the state Senate say they should be ready to share an alternative to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's plan to fix the roads.

In her first budget presentation earlier this year, Governor Whitmer proposed a 45-cents-a-gallon gasoline and diesel tax increase that would be phased in between this October and October 2020, raising $2.5 billion more annually for road and bridge work.

Republican lawmakers who control the Michigan Legislature are against the governor's tax hike.

But they say they're trying to find consensus in their own ranks over a GOP road funding plan.

The state House Transportation Committee will hold two hearings a week with a goal of having its recommendations ready before the end of the summer as well.