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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:23

Road funding still a priority for Lansing, Snyder says

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Gov. Rick Snyder remains hopeful that lawmakers can pass increased funding this fall for the state’s roads.

In comments during the West Michigan Policy Forum in Grand Rapids, Gov. Snyder said transportation funding is still a priority for him. Addressing the issue during an election year proved “just too difficult” for legislators to tackle, given the proposals for higher fuel taxes, “but it needs to get done,” perhaps during the lame-duck session after the November election, he said.

“I still consider that a priority I want to get done in the first term,” Snyder said.

While there’s wide consensus that the state needs to put more attention to upgrading roads and bridges, legislators have been unable to agree on a funding plan.

In his remarks, Snyder asked those in attendance how many had suffered a blown tire or bent wheel rim because of a pothole. After a number of hands went up in the audience, he noted that each blown tire or bent rim costs about $150 to repair.

“Would that have been better invested in having better roads to begin with so you didn’t have that blown tire or bent rim,” Snyder said.

Transportation infrastructure (37 percent) was voted the top issue for this year’s West Michigan Policy Forum, followed by term limits (22 percent), aligning economic development and workforce development programs with private sector talent initiatives (21 percent), and expanding college credit for work experience (20 percent).

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