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Spending Bill With $175 Million For Roads Heads To Governor’s Desk

Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth tells us the Legislature sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk Thursday.

Every lawmaker in the House and Senate voted in favor of the bill. The big ticket item is roads – 175 million dollars spread out to cities and villages, county road commissions and state road preservation and projects.

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard says the money is greatly needed.

“For the roads, it’s probably been the worst Michigan winter we’ve had in 15 to 20 years when you look at the freeze and the thaw." Leonard says.

The bill also includes 2 million dollars for the state police emergency contingency fund. And the Attorney General’s office will get 1 million dollars for its investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of sexual assault complaints.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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