The question has been for quite a while: Is there money in Michigan’s current budget to fix the roads?

According to analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, there just might be.

I read an article in the Detroit News written by Jarrett Skorup, a policy analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Center, which lays out where road funding may come from within our existing budget.

According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy monies from the following budget areas could be redirected to improve our road infrastructure”

  • Current road funding: $159.5 million
  • Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC): $230 million
  • Indian Gaming Compact: $43.6 million
  • Amtrak: $24.6 million
  • Freezing education spending: $255 million
  • University appropriations: $637 million

For details please click on the link (Detroit News) above.

I will be interviewing James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Center, today on my show to get his in-depth thoughts about his and Jarrett’s article.

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