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Road fix in Sept. won't start until May

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According to state Rep. Andy Schor, Michigan drivers may not see a fix to roads this year.

"A road package in September means we really don't start anything until May," Schor said. "If we come up with something in September, you can bank funds, you're not going to see the orange barrels and the roads get fixed until May."

When lawmakers met last week at the capitol, they failed to come up with legislation to address Michigan’s crumbling streets.

Then, they went on recess, meaning those potholes won't be brought up again until fall.

"We know what the need is. We know we need about 1.2 to 1.5 billion dollars in order to do it right," Schor said. "We need to figure how we're going to get there."

And that's where some Republican and Democrat legislators differ.

The left is willing to increase taxes in order to do it. But some on the right, don't want to see Lansing take any more money.

But until that compromise is reached, those potholes are staying where they are.

"You need to find that coalition of people that are willing to work together. And, we're not there yet," Schor said.

The House will resume sessions on Sept. 9.

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