Associated Press 4/3/14 By Emma Fidel
LANSING, MI. — Michigan’s ragged roads could stay smoother for longer under changes to transportation funding proposed by House leaders Thursday.
Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger announced a roads funding plan of at least $450 million in fiscal 2015 and at least $500 million annually by fiscal 2018. The legislation would require warranties on road work to avoid short-term fixes and would change various streams of tax revenue.
Michigan roads actually need $1.2 billion annually, Bolger said, but the proposed changes are better than one-time funding allocations the Legislature has made in recent years. Passing the legislation in time for the summer construction season “won’t be easy,” he said.