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House Proposes $500 Million Roads Spending Minimum

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan House leaders have proposed roads funding of at least $450 million in the 2015 budget year and at least $500 million annually by 2018.

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger suggested changes to transportation funding on Thursday that would repeal the 19 cents per gallon tax on unleaded gas, replacing it with a 6 percent wholesale tax that wouldn't increase revenue to start. The 15 cents per gallon tax on diesel fuel would be replaced with a 6 percent wholesale tax, generating $47 million more next year.

Road maintenance would be at least partially privatized under a requirement that the state bid out contracts for road work and upkeep.

Bolger says state roads actually need $1.2 billion annually, and passing the legislation before the summer construction season "won't be easy."

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