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Monroe Evening News: Hike in fuel tax could offset cut in road funds

Sunday, November 11, 2007   (0 Comments)
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Monroe Evening News

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LANSING - In the midst of the budget turmoil and debates over service taxes, school funding and the possibility of a government shutdown, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) seemingly was forgotten.

According to Keith Ledbetter, director of legislative affairs for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, MDOT took an 18 percent hit to its budget this year - a roughly $300 million cut.

"The system is broken and has to be fixed," Ledbetter said of MDOT funding. "Roads are falling apart. We need a solution."

Nancy Tienvieri, public information officer for the Monroe County Road Commission, said one of the biggest issues in the county is the drainage problem on the side of highways.

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