Lawmakers work to find money to fix roads

6.12.14:  No decision after marathon session in state Senate

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Lawmakers are regrouping after an attempt to significantly raise taxes to improve Michigan’s roads and bridges stalled in the state Senate.

 

After a marathon session, senators broke early this morning without passing a measure that would have more than doubled the 19-cents-a-gallon gasoline tax within 5 years.  They also could not muster enough support for a scaled-back plan to switch from a flat per-gallon tax to one that would fluctuate with price to keep revenue on pace with inflationary construction costs.

 

Senators return midmorning to revisit the issue on the Legislature’s last day before a summer break.