Michigan lawmakers approve $215 million for roads
Michigan legislative leaders have agreed to set aside $215 million for road maintenance, partly to help local governments grappling with winter costs and potholes.
A House-Senate committee approved a spending bill Wednesday while another storm was hitting the state. The Legislature is expected to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder in the afternoon.
More than half the money will go to shovel-ready road projects. Lawmakers also are allocating another $100 million so road agencies still have maintenance money in the summer after significant snow plowing costs.
The bill also adjusts the state budget to account for the loss of $73 million after the Senate delayed the expansion of Medicaid from January to April.