Zorn supports $175 million road funding increase

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday voted to boost funding to improve state and local roads and bridges by $175 million this year.

“As I travel throughout Monroe and Lenawee counties, I repeatedly hear about the terrible condition of our roads — especially compared to the roads in our neighboring states,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The people want the roads fixed, and this legislation will invest an additional $175 million this year to improve our roads and bridges.”

The governor’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 recommends moving up a scheduled $175 million increase in 2020 to 2019 — on top of a $150 million increase already planned for 2019.

House Bill 4321 would move up the additional $175 million in road funding to the current 2018 fiscal year.

“As a result of responsible leadership and budgeting, we can make this significant investment with existing resources,” Zorn said. “This smart use of available surplus funds from last year will help protect drivers on Michigan roads and support our state’s growing economy.”

Zorn said that he also remains committed to enhancing road funding once again when the Legislature finalizes the fiscal year 2019 budget.