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Transportation & Infrastructure

If lawmakers don't act to fix Michigan roads, the voters might

Three large potholes filled with water in a road
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The freeze-thaw cycle brings potholes to Michigan roadways.

We've heard plenty during this campaign season about school funding, pension taxes, and outside money, but the Michigan Chamber of Commerce would like there to be more focus on the state of our roads

Rich Studley is the executive director of the Chamber. He says there are just a few legislative sessions after the election and before the end of the year, so there’s not much time to pass legislation to fix the roads.

Studley says good roads are key to economic competitiveness, and he’s hopeful the issue will be resolved in the lame duck session, but admits hope is not a good strategy.

Studley said if the Legislature is not successful, it may become necessary to look at other options. One option being researched is the possibility of a voter-initiated law. If the Legislature refused to act on such an initiative, it would be placed on the ballot for voters to decide on.

*Listen to our interview with Studley above.

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