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Lawmakers brainstorming solutions for crumbling roads

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

State lawmakers are back to work in Lansing this week.

On the top of their to do list, is coming up with a plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

"They're horrible. My poor car. Right now, I think I need some work done from running into the potholes," said Lenora Durham, a Michigan driver.

The last few plans have been rejected by either state lawmakers or voters.

"They need a lot of work and they are very damaging to our vehicles," said Megan Uhrich, a Michigan driver.

Lawmaker Peter Pettalia said other plans have tried to do too much by addressing other issues in Michigan.

"We need to focus solely on roads and infrastructure at this point," Pettalia said.

Pettalia is working with his counterparts in Lansing on a plan to increase road funding by and additional $1.2 billion.

He thinks they could get half of the money from the general fund. And Pettalia said the other half would come from new revenue sources like registration fees and increasing the gas tax.

Some say a tax increase is out of the question.

"It's very hard when we're in the economy we're in. To increase our taxes again, we have lack of income right now to support a higher tax," Uhrich said.

But, others said if it gets rid of huge potholes, they might support it.

"If the taxes were raised slightly I would be inclined to support that if it was an option," Durham said.

Lawmakers will be hard at work this week coming up with ideas for a plan to get Michigan drivers on the road to a much less bumpy commute.

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