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Sat January 21, 2012
Roads and motorists' money at stake in Michigan
A package of bills soon to be introduced in the Michigan Legislature is expected to propose higher vehicle registration fees and tax changes to raise more money for road repairs. The bipartisan bills will have support from Republican Governor Rick Snyder. He says Michigan is under-investing in its roads to the tune of $1.4 billion a year.
Snyder says it would make more financial sense to start addressing the problem now. The repair bill will be even worse the longer Michigan waits to address the problem.
Many Michigan lawmakers acknowledge the need for better roads. But some are hesitant to support higher fees or taxes to fund the system. Proposals to raise fuel taxes have failed to gain traction in previous years.