Despite Governor’s Pleas, Broad Road Funding Package Looks Unlikely In 2014

Jan 20, 2014

Governor Rick Snyder’s call on lawmakers to boost funding for roads and bridges will probably go unanswered for the third year in a row.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, the governor wants to increase infrastructure spending by more than a $1 billion a year.

That’s a heavy lift in an election year, because it would probably require raising taxes or fees.

Republican state Representative Wayne Schmidt chairs the House Transportation Committee. He says lawmakers will probably throw some one-time money at the problem in a stop-gap measure.

“We’re going to continue to make some strides,” he says.  “Are we going to get all the way there? No.”

It’s possible lawmakers will use part of a state budget surplus to help pay for road improvements. Governor Snyder says there should also be about 250 million dollars in the budget this year for one-time transportation funding.