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Lawmakers leave Capitol without a funding solution for roads

Michigan State Capitol Building
Michigan State Capitol Building

LANSING (WZKO) -- The voting has ended in Lansing without a big funding bill to fix crumbling state roads.

Republicans say they haven’t given up on the issue yet, but democrats are calling it a failure of leadership.

They did come up with $200 million by charging truckers more and eliminating discounts for vehicle registrations, but the billion-dollar plan sought by the governor just couldn’t gain any traction.

Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer says the reason is simple, the leadership in the Senate just couldn't pull it off. 

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, says they just need more time and they are now discussing “summer work groups” to get it done.

Several polls have shown that roads are the number one issue on the minds of voters this election year. 

Governor Snyder told reporters last evening that he remains relentlessly positive they will get something done, perhaps when the atmosphere isn’t so politically charged.