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WLAJ-TV Lansing: Local Leaders Seek Transportation Funds

Thursday, December 4, 2008   (0 Comments)
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It's getting down to the wire for state lawmakers to pass transportation funding and reforms before their holiday break. 


On Wednesday, mayors and other local leaders gathered to urge lawmakers to consider the bills. 


They say support for road and bridge repairs will bring more jobs to our state and billions of dollars in new developments across the region, it would also improve safety conditions on our roads. 


"You drive through several metropolitan areas across the state and we see plywood under bridges," says Mike Nystrom, from the Infrastructure and Transportation Association. "That is just holding up the deterioration that is going on the bridge above." 


If the transportation funding is not passed before the break, those in favor of the bill say Michigan could miss out on federal funds expected to be sent by President-Elect Barack Obama next year as part of a national stimulus package.

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