Some Prominent Democrats Skeptical About Proposal To Fix Roads

Apr 7, 2014

Some prominent Democrats say they’re skeptical about a state House Republican plan to help fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

House Speaker Jase Bolger’s plan seeks to boost road funding by about $500 million a year. That’s well short of the $1 - $2 billion most estimates say is needed to adequately address the problem. Democrats such as congressional candidate Debbie Dingell and state Party Chair Lon Johnson say it could make passing a more comprehensive solution unlikely any time soon.

Tim Greimel is the Democratic leader in the state House.

“There is some risk that it could allow politicians to say or pretend that they’re doing a comprehensive solution when it’s not even designed to be that,” he says.

But Greimel says there are some “common sense” proposals in the plan that he expects Democrats to support. They include requiring more and longer warrantees on road work to avoid short-term fixes.