state budget

Lawmakers: Economic Growth Could Help Fix Roads

May 15, 2015
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Economists say Michigan has more than a $200 million budget surplus this year. They say revenues will continue to grow in the coming years as the economy improves. Republican state lawmakers say that supports their plan to use projected growth in the state budget to fix Michigan’s roads.

But state Budget Director John Roberts says it’s still too early to tell how much money will be available long-term.

State Capitol - file photo
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

 Governor Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to complete the new state budget. But the Gongwer News Service says that does not include two contentious issues: more money for roads and expansion of Medicaid. House Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall says a “broader discussion” of those areas will continue.