Crain's reported today that state lawmakers' solution to fixing Michigan's many badly broken roads lies in diverting funds from other vital state services. Services on the table include higher education, prisons and social services. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled state legislature are working with Governor Rick Snyder to figure out exactly how to rob Peter to pay Paul. The plan will take hundreds of millions from the state's $10 billion general fund, allowing work to begin sometime in 2017. We considered several ideas for fixing Michigan's roads last month. Though state lawmakers think taking cash from prisons, the poor and our universities is the way to go, these weren't among our ideas, oddly enough.
·Budget earmarks may limit Michigan lawmakers on road funding [Crain's Detroit]
·Fixing Michigan's Roads: Get a Shovel and DIY? [Curbed Detroit]