Local lawmaker proposes new solution for Michigan's potholes - WNEM TV 5

Local lawmaker proposes new solution for Michigan's potholes

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FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

Drive down any road in mid-Michigan and you're sure to find some potholes.

But why is it taking so long to get them fixed?

TV5 took our tough questions to Senator Ken Horn outside his office hours event in Frankenmuth.

"The people are looking at roads as the top issue right now," Horn said.

Horn said roads needed to be addressed as soon as possible, and he was ready to make a promise to his constituents.

"The real bottom line here is that negotiations are still going on and if I don't see any action by November, I'll put my bill in," Horn said.

Horn is proposing a bill that would add a penny to the sales tax for 10 years in a bid that would allocate funds from the increase specifically to the roads.

The senator said this issue is not just about a bumpy ride down the road.

In fact, he insists the issue is hurting the economic standing of the Great Lakes State.

Horn said it's time to put aside partisan bickering and get our roads fixed as soon as possible.

"If we can't move iron ore we can't build cars. Transportation in terms of roads and bridges in terms of the overall economy. So yes this is a very big deal. Michigan needs to solve this problem this year," Horn said.

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