A supplemental appropriation for mid-year 2014 will
include $215 million extra for road maintenance and road projects around the
state. Of the $215 million, $100 million is expected to go for winter
maintenance to replace the depleted budgets of local road agencies caught
off-guard by the unexpected harsh winter weather.
The additional funding reflects the results of a
recent NFIB member survey that asked small business owners what lawmakers
should do with a projected budget surplus. The majority of small business
owners chose increasing road funding over lowering the income tax rate and the
other options currently on the table in Lansing.
NFIB members have made it clear in previous surveys that
they do not support road funding proposals that would hike fuel taxes or
The member survey on the budget surplus can be viewed HERE.