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Rep. Lilly votes for increased road repair funding

• Feb 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM

LANSING — State Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, voted earlier this week for $175 million in added funding for state, county and local road preservation and construction projects this year.

Ottawa County will receive $1.9 million in additional funds, beyond what was previously budgeted for in 2018. In addition, Grand Haven ($81,922), Spring Lake ($17,944) and Ferrysburg ($25,057) are among the local cities and villages that would get additional money.

“Everyone who drives knows how terrible Michigan’s roads are (and) we must demand smarter investment into construction projects,” Lilly said. “Excuses need to stop and action needs to be taken. We have money available to give our road repairs a boost right now, and we can’t afford to miss this opportunity.”

Lilly noted that the money is left over from a previous state budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional taxes are required for the investment. The money included in the bill comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.

“I join everyone in wanting our roads to be better now, but this investment will add up to better conditions this summer and a year from today,” Lilly said.

House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.

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