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Plan proposed to fix Michigan roads

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Governor Rick Snyder says fixing Michigan roadways will take more than a billion dollars. Last month, the governor laid out a plan and now lawmakers are acting.

Although the plan is only half of what experts say is needed, lawmakers say doing nothing is not an option.

Lawmakers in Lansing from both parties say they are ready to figure out how to pay for more than a billion dollars in road repairs.

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger, who sponsored the plan, says he wants to remove a 19-cent per gallon tax on regular fuel and a 16-cent per-gallon tax on diesel fuel and replace it with a six-percent tax on both.

That change alone would generate nearly $50 million. The plan also calls for higher fees on overweight trucks and oversize loads.

But the bulk of the funding for the half billion dollar bill would come from re-allocating a portion of the state's sales and use taxes.

Frustrated drivers say at this point they care less about where the money comes from than getting these roads fixed.

Another part of the plan is to require longer warrantees on road repairs to discourage short-term fixes.

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