Rep Howell Houseapproved bill would send more money to Lapeer County for

first_img Categories: Howell News,News 23Feb Rep. Howell: House-approved bill would send more money to Lapeer County for road repairs Lapeer County drivers are in line for welcome news after Rep. Gary Howell and the Michigan House approved legislation to further boost investments in road repairs.The bill approved by the House on Feb. 21 would provide an estimated additional $769,930 for Lapeer County’s road commission to use this year. In addition, cities and villages in the county would be in line for nearly $160,000 in additional funds.Howell – a former chairman of the Lapeer County Road Commission – noted the money comes in addition to a reform plan passed a couple of years ago that already is increasing the amount of money available for road repairs.“The great news is we can make this additional investment in our roads without raising taxes or fees,” said Howell, of North Branch. “And the money comes on top of changes we already have made to boost road funding across Michigan. Everyone driving around potholes during this recent thaw knows we need to improve our roads. We should notice improvements in Lapeer County and all across the state once the funding kicks in for this road construction season.”The bill includes $175 million overall for state and local roads. The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional revenue is required for the plan.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img

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