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Conference Committee Passes Transportation Budget With $300M More For Roads

Posted on June 8, 2018 by Dene Westbrook

The Conference Committee on Transportation unanimously passed the transportation budget that included an additional $300 Million in General Fund revenue for roads.

This money is on top of the $175 million the Governor and legislative leaders put into the roads earlier this year. Under the 2015 road funding plan, the Legislature was required to put an additional $150 million into the roads in FY ’19. This additional $300 million puts that amount to $450 million for FY ’19.

When gas tax money is factored into the equation, $173.3 million is going to the Michigan Department of Transportation, $195.2 million to the county road commissions and $108.8 million to cities and villages under HB 5572.

The distribution of the $300M for each city and village can be found at the following link. FY19 – $300M GF estimated allocation – CityVillages

Additionally, a new Community Service Infrastructure Fund has been created within the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) and includes $3M in on-going funding. This fund will provide matching grants of up to $250,000 for construction and preservation of streets in cities and villages with a population less that 10,000.

It is anticipated that both the House and the Senate will pass this budget next week.

John LaMacchia is the Assistant Director of State and Federal Affairs for the League handling transportation, infrastructure, energy and environment issues. He can be reached at jlamacchia@mml.org or 517-908-0303.

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