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Skubick: Lawmakers Line Up For Road Repair Funding Battle

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(WLNS) - House Republicans will waste little time moving on a $500 million road repair package when they return tomorrow from spring break but some Democrats are not lining up to vote yes, just yet.

The robins are back for spring and so are members of the Michigan House where GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger is wasting little time moving on his $500 million road fix package.

The chair of the House Transporations committee, Rep. Wayne Schmidt, will hold a hearing on elements in the package which incorporates part of what the governor wants to do.

The governor wants to eliminate the gas tax at the pump and replace it with a wholesale gas tax that is linked to inflation and as the cost of gas goes up, the state's revenue for roads would automatically increase.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley welcomes the Speaker's contribution, calling it progress.

"We needed some sort of reaction, a counter proposal put on the table to take the next step, so I see it as all positive and we'll continue from here. clearly the roads need work and im optimistic that we'll have added resources for the roads," said Calley.

But the senate democrat leader Senator Gretchen Whitmer thinks this looks like a shell game as the Republicans are not offering enough to get the job done..

"They are just playing a shell game and trying to convince people they've done something meaningful when the need is really three times as great into perpetuity and I don't know if that is something I can get excited about supporting," said Whitmer.

The speaker has conceded its not the whole fix, but a down payment.

The senate GOP floor leader Senator Arlen Meekhof thinks lawmakers got an earful from angry motorists.

"The citizens are going to say when are you going to do something about the roads. I think we will have a bi-partisan solution," said Meekhof.

The Speaker was hoping when lawmakers went home for spring break, that motorists would urge them to return to lansing hungry to do something about potholes. We will see what appetiate they have for that on Thursday.  

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