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State lawmakers on clock for road-funding bill

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Time is running out for lawmakers to pass a major road-funding plan.

Proposals have been hung up so far in the state Senate, unable to get the votes needed to pass. 

"I think we all know something needs to be done the roads are in terrible condition," state Sen. Jim Ananich said.

He is one of many lawmakers who said the state needs to budget more money for Michigan's crumbling roads. 

Lawmakers are under pressure to pass a major road funding bill before they break for summer. Thursday is their last scheduled day in session.

"I believe in this upcoming budget. We need to have 400 to 500 million new additional dollars as a priority for road funding," state Senator John Moolenaar said.

He said he does not support a proposal to double the state's gas tax as a way of coming up with the funds.

"I think a tax increase of that magnitude is a big problem. I think there's money in our current budget for road funding. I support making sure we are getting the most bang for our buck and we ought to be able to increase the road funding by about 400 to 500 million without raising taxes," he said.

Ananich, who is part of the Democratic minority, said a final road-funding bill needs to be balanced and not put an extra burden on drivers already paying high gas prices.

"It depends on what the package looks like. The people that use the roads should be the ones who pay for it, but we need to make sure it's the right mix of tax relief at the same time," he said.

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