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WLAJ TV Lansing: Michigan Looking for New Ways to Pay for Roads

Monday, October 26, 2009   (0 Comments)
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WLAJ TV Lansing
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A new plan could be in the works to help fix our state's crumbling roads.

Right now drivers pay a 19 cents per gallon gas tax along with vehicle registration fees that help pay for our road maintenance, but as Michigan’s roads continue to crumble, lawmakers are looking for other ways to bring in revenue.

The future of Michigan’s roads looks grim.

"We have a significant lack of funding for our roads and bridges here in the state of Michigan so we need to look for alternative methods," said Keith Ledbetter, Director of Legislative Affairs of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

Ledbetter, says one alternative lawmakers should consider is the use of a public private partnership.

"Under an idea like a public private partnership what we are doing is we’re asking the private sector to spend their money and build our roads and our bridges and then they would be able to toll those," said Ledbetter.

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