Sen. Dale Zorn secures funds for MIS traffic control in Senate budget plan

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn succeeded in securing more than $800,000 for Michigan International Speedway (MIS) traffic control in the budget plan approved on Tuesday by the state Senate.

“The Michigan International Speedway is a major economic driver and tourist draw – attracting twice as many fans as a Super Bowl. Many of these fans are tourists from other states,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This funding will help ensure that our roads are safe and traffic is moving on race days. It is about doing what we can to make sure that visitors to MIS are able to get to and from the track and that they will be talking about the fantastic racing and not the traffic.”

Zorn’s amendment was adopted to Senate Bill 133 and would dedicate $831,900 to the Michigan State Police for traffic control at MIS.

SB 133 is the Senate’s omnibus budget bill for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on Oct. 1. SB 134 is the Senate’s omnibus FY 2016 budget for school aid, higher education and community colleges. Both measures have been sent to the House for consideration.