LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Legislators in the Michigan House have voted to set aside $115 million more for road projects than their Senate counterparts propose.
The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee passed a mid-year spending bill Wednesday to spend an extra $100 million for snowplowing and pothole repairs statewide due to the severe winter. The panel also plans $115 million for longer-lasting transportation projects.
Overall, the House roads plan more than doubles what the Senate approved. But unlike the GOP-led Senate, the House includes no funding for a shortfall in the Medicaid budget caused by a health insurance claims tax bringing in less than expected.
House Republicans separately have proposed adding $25 to auto insurance policies to address the shortfall.
Once the House approves the bill, differences will be resolved in a conference committee.
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