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Governor Fears Short Term Roads Spending Will Deflate Long Term Solution

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - While state lawmakers are talking about short term spending to fix the roads this winter, the Governor's office is refusing to place a number on the table for fear it will deflate his efforts for a long term funding solution to the road problem.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick says these are county road commission folks and they want more money from the state because they are running out of snow removal and pot hole filling dollars.

Bill Conklin, Ingham County Road Commission: "We have bout 30 percent of our roads in poor condition and another 55 percent in fair shape. And every year without new money more of those fairs will dissend into poor and the public will see that in car damage."

The road building lobbyist is trying anything to convince lawmakers to act including bringing in this man from Pennsylvania, where lawmakers recently enacted a $2.3 billion package to fix the roads in the Keystone state.

Bradley Mallory, Pennsylvania Official: "We made the case very strongly in Pennsylvania and its the same in Michigan that the price of doing nothing is higher than the price of the problem in terms of delays, detours, safety including death."

This week the Michigan House voted to spend $215 million on roads.

Right now the Senate checks in at $100 million.

For three weeks, the Governor has declined to add his number to the debate. His road advisor reveals for the first time the Governor does not want to put a number on the table.

Bill Rustem, Governor's Advisor: "There is no sense talking about a number. we've got to focus on the long term. What we cant let happen is a short term number, a little fix, and then Ok we're done with transportation. That is not true. We have to have the $1.3 billion per year, every year to fix the transportation system.

For two years the legislature has rejected the Governor's $1.2 billion plan. With this being an election year, many feel that the "no" response will continue.

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