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Lawmakers To Vote On More Money For Road Maintenance

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - You don't have to drive far to see and feel the affects of Michigan's brutal winter.

Lawmakers, including the governor have acknowledged the road problems. There's now some serious talk about using state dollars to help cities clear snow and repair the roads.

On every street corner, in every neighborhood, the mountains of snow and potholes serve as a constant reminder of the harsh winter Michigan has had thus far. With more on its way, officials wonder how to handle the rest of the season.

The mayor says before he even thinks about filling in these holtes in the city's roads, he's gonig to have to fill a big hole in the city's budget.

"We're out of road money. We're done. We've basically spent what was appropriated for roads and for this winter," said Mayor Virg Bernero, City of Lansing.

Now that Michigan has a budget surplus Mayor Bernero is asking for a piece of it to help fill potholes.

Roger Kahn, Head of the Senate Appropriations Committee says the problem goes well beyond our state capital.

"It's all over the state. Nobody's got any money left because the amount of snow is about one point six times times what they expected we were going to get so far," said Kahn. "It's really become a safety issue."

State Representative Wayne Schmidt agrees and says Michigan's put its aging roads on the backburner for too long.

"I think the timing is right, the money's there, we've got to get it to local units of government to fix the roads," said State Representative Wayne Schmidt, (r), Traverse City. "Praise God they've finally gotten the message.

Whether it's God or good government, the legislature finally seems to be paying attention to our roads.

Lawmakers could vote on giving cities money for snow clean-up and road repairs as early as Thursday.

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