Mark Schauer demands better roads - WNEM TV 5

Mark Schauer demands better roads

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BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

The debate over Michigan's crumbling roads continues and on Tuesday the Democrat who wants Gov. Rick Snyder's job said the governor missed a crucial moment to act.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer spoke about funding the repair of the state's failing infrastructure in Burton on Tuesday.

"No one should be laughing this year after Republicans in Lansing failed to pass a meaningful plan to fix our crumbling roads and bridges," Schauer said.

He said Michigan legislatures need to be brought back for a special session to finish the job. Schauer said Snyder has the authority to do that.

"I don't know why he's not doing it. We have legislatures ready to go to work today to fix our roads," Schauer said.

Schauer also said Snyder was absent for the critical days of finding a plan for the roads.

Snyder was in New York at the time. TV5 reached out to a representative for the governor, and they said he was in New York to meet creditors to lobby for a better credit rating for Michigan.

Schauer responded to Snyder's reaction saying, 'sure, there are other important issues for Michigan, but there are also priorities.'

"He knew the timing of that trip. The legislature would be working on fixing our roads," Schauer said.

Whether or not Snyder being in Michigan at the time of the decision would have pushed a resolution, Michigan residents are still fed up with the roads. 

"We're standing here next to a badly deteriorated section of Center Road. It serves as our major entry way into the city. It's a rather unwelcoming welcome sign if you ask me," Burton Mayor Paula Zelenko said.

Snyder's campaign said while Governor Snyder was passing his fourth budget on time in four years and leading the bipartisan efforts to negotiate Detroit's grand bargain legislation, Schauer's desperate campaign has no plan for Michigan's roads and offers only the same hyperpartisan rhetoric that led to the lost decade.

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