Officials Announce Plan for $115M of Extra Funding

Thu July 17, 2014 - Midwest Edition

LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan officials have announced how $115 million of extra funding for shovel-ready road and bridge projects across the state will be spent.

About 125 “priority’’ state and local construction projects were listed July 2 on Michigan’s Web site. The additional funding was set aside by legislators when they approved a mid-year budget bill in March.

The state Transportation Department chose state projects, while lawmakers selected local ones in consultation with county road agencies.

It’s the second time this fiscal year $115 million extra was allocated for road projects.

Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger said about $40 million is going to districts represented by Democrats. House Democrats’ spokeswoman Katie Carey said that’s an improvement from the first go-around, but spending is still lopsided to majority Republicans’ districts.