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Golf tournament to raise money to lobby to fix roads

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Residents are trying to get holes in one to fix potholes across Michigan.

A cure to Michigan's crumbling roads may come in the form of a golf tournament.

"The legislature really needs to take this issue up and deal with it," John Daley III said.

Daley is with the Genesee County Road Commission.

He is tired of getting complaints about the roads in Genesee County.  The road commission he manages hosted its 10th annual golf tournament to raise money for better roads. The cash raised will be used to lobby the legislature to address the crumbling roads across the state.

A lobbyist said it's not an easy task.

"Without additional revenue we are going to continue to suffer, continue to be an economic drain on the state of Michigan," said Ed Noyola, with the County Road Association of Michigan.

Some tournament participants aren't very happy about the fact that lawmakers went home this summer without addressing the road repair issue.

"It's clear that the roads are in bad shape, I think it's just ridiculous that they couldn't come to a decision before they left for recess," Andrea Pike said.

One lawmaker actually showed up for the tournament. Democrat Charles Smiley is from the 50th district. He agrees the legislature shouldn't have broken for recess until the road funding issue was addressed.

"The house of representatives, we did pass something and the senate is the one that's messing around and under the leadership of the senate they decided they weren't ready to make a deal and that's just tragic," Smiley said.

Meanwhile, Daley said lawmakers need to get together to make Michigan roads as smooth as golf cart paths.

"Strip the politics out of it," Daley said.

Tournament officials hope to raise about $7,000 to go towards lobbying the legislature to fix the roads. 

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