LANSING (WKZO) -- The Michigan Senate has approved a supplemental measure that would increase road funding by 100-million dollars to patch potholes and bail out road commissions and cities that have gone over budget plowing snow.
House Speaker Jase Bolger says he wants to boost that to 215-million by using money saved from the Medicaid program. The Senate has repurposed that money for another project. .
MDOT Director Kurt Steudel says he is predicting the worst pothole season in state history, and the relentlessly brutal winter weather is only one of the reasons. The other is ten years of deferred maintenance.
He is glad the state Legislature is talking about throwing more money into roads, because they really need the attention.