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Updated Michigan Road Plan Does Not Include More Money

Jul 22, 2019

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The state Department of Transportation has just released a new five-year plan to maintain and fix Michigan’s roads.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


The rolling five-year plan for road repairs is updated every year.  This year’s plan does not include the additional money Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested to fix roads, says the state transportation department’s Jeff Cranson.

“The plan represents what could be done at the current funding levels.”

Whitmer – a Democrat - has asked for a 45-cent increase in Michigan’s fuel tax.  That would generate an additional $2.5 billion in the first year for road repairs.  

The gas tax hike has proven to be a tough sell with Republicans, who control the state Legislature.  GOP leaders say fixing roads is a top priority.  But they’re looking for other ways to raise the money.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org