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University of Michigan Survey Says More Funding Needed for Roads

A recent University of Michigan survey verifies that Michigan roads need repair.
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Michigan roads are in desperate need of repair.  Local government officials are reporting more money is need to fix roads from the state.

A survey release Monday by the University of Michigan reports almost 80 percent of local governments said that the state needs to increase road funding by a least 50 percent. There are 1,856 local governments, 1,356 reported for the survey, according to the Associated Press.

Four out of five local leaders said roads needed repair, only one in five said the roads in their community were in good condition.  A quarter of the communities were reporting that their roads were in poor condition, and half said they were in fair condition.

This survey is coming out ahead of a May vote on a ballot proposal to increase sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.  If voted through this proposal could yield $1.3 billion per year for the state to mend roads and infrastructure.

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