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WKZO Radio Kalamazoo: Michigan Roads Severely Underfunded

Tuesday, December 9, 2008   (0 Comments)
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LANSING -- Michigan legislators have a chance before the lame duck session ends to ensure roadways are fixed up and maybe a few new jobs are created, but the state's transportation budget is currently about three billion dollars short. Vice president of government and public relations at MITA Mike Nystrom says a big part of the problem is that Michigan must match funding from the federal government. 


"We're running short on money here at home," says Nystrom. "We have to make some changes at the state level in order to continue to match all the federal dollars...coming up next year, we're going to be short because we just have not invested enough in our own system." 


So, they're putting pressure on lawmakers to make the infrastructure a top priority. 


"It doesn't take an expert to know that our transportation infrastructure is really starting to crumble across the state." 


The Reason Foundation estimates over 25-percent of Michigan roads don't meet federal standards. President-elect Obama has assured Governor Granholm that roughly 1-billion dollars for Michigan roads will be a part of his planned stimulus package. 

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