No deal! Legislators adjourn without significant road funding - WNEM TV 5

No deal! Legislators adjourn without significant road funding

Posted: Updated:
LANSING, MI (WNEM/AP) -

The Michigan Senate has adjourned for much of the summer without a deal to pump more money into road improvements.

Talks broke down Thursday over a gradual gasoline tax increase to keep pace with inflationary construction costs, a day after the Republican-controlled Senate had defeated a major gas tax hike.

"It's desperately needed, the Republicans cannot agree on what package they want to put forward,. This is a very unfortunate issue for the citizens of Michigan and I think we need to come up with some sort of arrangement to get it done," says Senator Jim Ananich.

Thursday's plan would have let the 19-cents-a-gallon gas rise each year by the annual change in highway construction costs. Fuel taxes could go as high as 32 1/2 cents a gallon, though it could have been decades before the ceiling was hit.

"It's a difficult vote, it's an election year, but sooner or later, you've got to bite the bullet, do the difficult thing, and I've been a proponent that there's got to be increased revenue in order to finish this problem," says Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.

The plan wouldn't have come close to raising the minimum $1.2 billion more a year that Gov. Rick Snyder says is needed to bring roads up to par.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.