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Democrat state representatives concerned by road funding timeline

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State Rep. Charlie Brunner said he'd be the first to admit our road need fixing. But the house lawmaker said it needs to be fixed now and not years from now.

“I was surprised to be honest with you,” Brunner said.

That's why he said he voted no to the most recent plan to fix our crumbling roads.

“No pun intended but we may have to – future legislators will have to deal with budget shortfalls,” Brunner said.

Brunner is talking about several items put in the road funding bill that was passed late Tuesday night.

In that bill passed, the gas and diesel tax will be raised from 19 cents to 26.3 cents in 2017. Registration fees will be raise from an average fee of $100 up to $120.

 And with additional funding coming from the state’s general fund. Which means transportation funding would be increased roughly $500 million in 2017, $600 million in 2018, and more than $750 million in 2019.

The bill passed last night by a narrow margin. All that’s left for the bill is Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature, which he’s indicated he will.

While those in support of the road funding plan said it's the best option so far, Brunner said lawmakers pushed funding out too far. He said he fears it won’t be enough to get the job done.

“It definitely won’t be enough. We needed something for today," Brunner said.

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