Stamas supports additional $175 million in road funding

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Thursday voted for legislation to invest an additional $175 million this year to improve roads and bridges throughout the state.

“Michigan residents and business owners are keenly aware of the poor condition of our roads, and they want them fixed,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This legislation will use existing resources to boost state and local road funding this year by $175 million — on top of $600 million in additional road funding already in this year’s budget.”

The governor’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 recommends moving up a scheduled $175 million increase in 2020 to 2019 — in addition to a $150 million increase already planned for 2019.

House Bill 4321 would move up the additional $175 million in road funding to the current 2018 fiscal year.

“Our roads need this increased investment as soon as possible,” Stamas said. “Thanks to responsible budgeting and efficient governing, we have surplus funds from last year that we can put into improving our aging roads and bridges.

“This will help protect Michigan drivers and support our economy, and I look forward to working with the governor to build on this road funding commitment as we complete the fiscal year 2019 budget.”