Skubick: Many lawmakers unhappy with road plan

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – As the governor signs the new road plan, many are wondering whether the new laws will be enough to get the job done.

As 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick explains some democrats are saying that the plan is too little too late.

Governor Snyder has been waiting almost four years to sign this legislation that he says will fix the roads.

With the governor’s signature, gas taxes will go up 7 cents a gallon and car registration fees will increase by 20 percent. Neither of these will kick in until 2017.

It’s not just about asking for more revenue, it’s about investing in Michigan’s future to create jobs.

But the Democrats who did not vote for this package argue this tax hike, including the fee hike on your birthday, does not get the job done.

“This road plan takes money from the middle class, senior citizens and others. It doesn’t ask corporations to pay anything or heavy trucks. Worst of all, it doesn’t even fix the problem. But everybody’s going to get a little reminder on their birthday that they’re paying for roads that are continuing to decline, maybe at a less precipitous pace, but will,” said Brandon Dillon, chair, Michigan Democratic Party.

The road builders in the audience are happy to get the revenue but there are also concerns that motorists may expect a quick road fix which is not in the works.

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“It’s going to take some time. Obviously there will be a frustration period, but in the end they’re going to start seeing some improvements,” said Mike Nystrom, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

But the governor reports there will be $400 million from the general fund for the roads next year.

“We’ve got good general fund dollars available this year and we’re going to see that number go up each and every year over the next five years. So you’ll see more orange barrels out there, which is more progress for Michigan,” said Governor Snyder.

The road package is signed, but the debate is not over. As this will be an issue next year, an election year for the house.

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