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Pot Hole Help Is On The Way

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Coming to a pot hole near you $100 million in state aid.

State Senator Roger Kahn (r), Senate Budget Chair: "That 100 million; there is general agreement that is almost certainly going to be part of the budget and done by March 14."

That's the good news, the bad news?

State Senator Glenn Anderson (d) Westland "It's not enough."

Which is why house republicans want to spend an additional $115 million, not for filing potholes, but for bigger road projects.

And this democratic senator smells election year politics at work.

State Representative Joe Haveman (r), House Budget Chair: "Last year I raised a red flag about it and it turned out that then projects were about 99.5 percent in republican districts."

But this republican says you can't make that charge because the list of projects has not been decided.

State Representative Joe Havemen: "They haven't been chosen so I don't know how you can speculate that there are going to GOP districts."

Reporter: "Could they"

State Representative Joe Havemen: "I think they'll go to both."

Meanwhile the Governor will meet with the two GOP legislative leaders on Monday to sort all this out, but he is still pushing for considerably more revenue for a long term fix.

 "Last summer voters said they wanted better roads, but didn't want to pay for them, maybe that attitude has changed. Maybe seeing a bad winter has changed some attitudes about spending more on roads, I don't know."

The Governor still wants $1.3 billion for the roads and in two years of trying to get the votes, he has failed.


LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Pot hole help is on the way with word from lawmakers Thursday that at least $100 million could be allocated by March 14.

As 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick tells us there's some political in-fighting over another $115 million for road projects.

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