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House Committee Plans Faster Pace To Come Up With Roads Plan

Cars driving on a highway. The photo is taken from a bridge looking down at the road. The sun is either setting or rising, so most of the road is in shadow.

The state House Transportation Committee meets Tuesday to continue hearings on fixing roads. Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta reports.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has called for phasing in fuel tax increases totaling 45-cents-per gallon. Republicans control the Legislature – and say they will propose their own plan.

State Representative Jack O’Malley chairs the House Transportation Committee, and says he will hold can accelerated schedule of hearings.

“What we’re going to do with roads is being talked about and decided now.”

O’Malley says it will also take time to learn the basics of road construction, maintenance, and repair. He says he wants the committee’s recommendations ready by the end of the summer.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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