Gov. Snyder, state leaders approve $400 million for roads

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LANSING Mich. — Governor Snyder and state leaders agreed on funding measures to repair Michigan roads across the state, and also took steps toward approving the 2016 state spending budget.

While specifics of the budget have yet to be unveiled, targets will include an additional $400 million in General Fund money to help repair Michigan roads and bridges while work continues on a long-term solution to the state’s infrastructure needs.

The 2016 budget, which goes into effect on Oct. 1., is on course for completion in June. Snyder said he is confident these measures will help the state to move forward.

“By increasing our investment in our infrastructure and education, we’re investing in Michigan’s future,” Snyder said in a news release.

“This is essential work to keep our economy growing stronger and improving the quality of life for all Michiganders, I am pleased with how quickly the process has moved along and I think this is a testament to the strong working relationship we have with our legislative partners.”

State leaders said they have work to do before a spending budget can be finalized, but officials say target goals for spending reached Wednesday is a step forward in the right direction.

Last week, House GOP lawmakers unveiled their own proposal for long-term road funding that would primarily rely on money from the state’s general fund. Opponents have already called it a poor attempt at finding a long term solution, one Democratic lawmaker even called it ‘hocus pocus.’

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