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Road funding votes possible in Michigan Senate

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

The Michigan Senate is considering whether to raise $1.3 billion more a year to maintain roads that the state warns will fall into disrepair if something isn't done soon.

But whether senators will agree to significantly raise taxes paid at the pump remains in doubt.

A Senate committee plans to meet for a second straight day Wednesday on a House-approved plan to spend $450 million more for the transportation system initially. The Senate's Republican leader wants to at least triple the additional investment in roads and bridges, and it's possible a plan could be considered by the Senate later Wednesday.

Yet talk of raising taxes routinely hits legislative resistance.  Advocates for more funding say the public now is more supportive of paying to avoid driving on pothole-ridden roads.

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