Snyder Hopes Potholes Will Compel Action On Road Funds

Feb 26, 2014

Governor Rick Snyder hopes Michigan’s worsening roads will convince reluctant lawmakers it’s time to spend a lot more money on roads and bridges.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.

Governor Snyder was addressing association executives about his plans for this year. He says the harsh winter and resulting potholes have showcased the need for a comprehensive road revenue plan.

 “When the thaw comes, when it does actually warm up, it’s going to be much worse than it is today,” he says.

The governor has not been able to get the Legislature to support a revenue boost of more than a billion dollars for roads, bridges, and other transit needs. Snyder says his administration is working with the Legislature to come up an emergency funding package for winter road repairs, but he says that won’t do everything that’s needed.