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Michigan Republicans propose $400M more for road fixes

Posted: 10:51 AM, Sep 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-22 00:07:09-04
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans are proposing to shift $400 million in general funds to the transportation budget to help fix deteriorating roads and bridges.

A $5.4 billion transportation spending plan won approval on a 4-2 party-line vote Thursday. It would boost funding by 7.4% but spend roughly $400 million less than what Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed as part of a phased-in 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase.

The tax hike has been rejected, and Whitmer and majority Republicans are at odds over continuing to divert general funds to roads — a routine practice in recent years. General funds also pay for higher education, local revenue-sharing and state departments.

The $400 million in additional spending would come on top of earmarking $468 million in income taxes for roads under 2015 and 2018 laws.