Lawmakers running out of time for road repair bill - WNEM TV 5

Lawmakers running out of time for road repair bill

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

State lawmakers are cutting it close to approve funding to fix Michigan's crumbling roads.

The Senate could vote Wednesday on a bill to pump more than a billion dollars into the roads, but it still has to pass the House, which is looking for a more modest bill.

"I think all of us want to see something happen before we go home," State Senator Mike Green said.

It's an issue they've been talking about for months. Now time is running out for state lawmakers to pass a road funding plan before they break for summer.

"(I'm) pretty confident something is going to happen, but not sure the votes are there right now," Green said.

He said the state should put more money toward road and bridge repairs, but he doesn't support a major gas tax increase like the one that was proposed in the Senate. 

"(I) still don't get a feeling everyone wants to pay more," Green said.

State Rep. Charles Brunner agreed. He said a gas hike would burden Michigan drivers.

"We put a lot on the backs of the middle class, and if we increase these taxes that's who it will hurt the hardest," Brunner said.

Green and Brunner are from different political parties, but both agree that money for roads should come out of the state's general fund and not from increased taxes of any kind.

A  new AAA survey shows more than half of Americans say they would pay higher fuel taxes if it meant better roads, bridges and mass transit systems.

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