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Mayor Bernero Says City Has "Run Out Of Money" For Roads

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - As the temperatures slowly climb, we're seeing the effects this harsh winter has left behind, especially the toll it's taken on our roads.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the city has spent all of the $3 million dedicated to snow removal and filling potholes.

That's money that should have lasted into the summer.

This week our state legislature moved one step closer to approving $200 million to help cities and counties replenish their road funding.

Bernero says if the legislation passes Lansing is hoping to get an extra $500,000 from the state.

And he thinks, this is the best way for Michigan to spend it's budget surplus.

"We are greatly encouraged that the state, that the governor seems to understand that our pockets are empty, our coffers are empty. We need help. They have a surplus. Instead of doing a tax cut and giving somebody $50 back for every Michigander, they'll more than make up for that in what they spend on these crappy roads," said Virg Bernero, Mayor, City of Lansing.

The House and Senate both approved the $200 million measure for roads as part of a larger funding bill.

Now a committee made up of members from both chambers are making changes before it gets approved.

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