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Road funding package signed into law

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On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder celebrated what he calls relentless positive action to fix our state roads.

"This is a great day Michigan," Snyder said.

The $1.2 billion dollar transportation funding package passed by state lawmakers last week, is now law.

"We knew this is something that needed to be done. The challenge you find quite often is how do you find that common ground common sense solution? And I'm proud to say we found that," Snyder said.

The package’s details provide $1.2 billion of funding each year for Michigan’s roads and infrastructure.

  • Starting in 2017, fuel and diesel tax will both be raised to 26.3 cents per gallon.
  • Bringing in $400 million annually
  • In 2017, registration fees on all vehicles increase by 20 percent. Those of you with electric and hybrid cars will see your fees go up by $30 to $200.
  • Raising $216 million annually
  • More money will be taken from the general fund and put towards roads.
  • Starting with $150 million in fiscal year 2018-19, and increasing to a top tier amount of $600 million in fiscal 2020-21 and beyond.

John Daly is director of the Genesee County Road Commission.

"We're better off today than we were yesterday in regards to Michigan's roads and bridges," Daly said.

He made the drive down Interstate 69 to watch the governor sign the nine-bill package in person. He said this is the most significant state legislative action for roads since 1997.

"This represents the start of a comprehensive solution that will fix Michigan's roads," Daly said.

The governor agrees with Daly's assessment. He said he believes this signing event marks the beginning of real change for our state roads.

"This is outstanding work in terms of us all working together to say, let’s make an investment today in better roads, and let’s make an investment for our kids and their kids. And that's what this package does," Snyder said.

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