The head of the Michigan Department of Transportation says he is ready to work on Governor Rick Snyder's proposals to fix and maintain the state's bridges and roads. The governor delivered his special message on transportation and infrastructure earlier this week.
MDOT's Kirk Steudel says will meet soon with the chairmen of the House and Senate transportation committees to discuss the upcoming budget. He says Governor Snyder's proposals will help guide the priorities set in that budget discussion.
"You know, it's going to be a roadmap for us, saying 'Here's the things that are important to this administration, and we're going to go through and drive and get these things done,'" Steudel says.
Governor Snyder called on lawmakers to find close to $1.5 billion dollars in additional revenue to help repair Michigan's bridges and roads.
A lawmaker who helped author a report on transportation funding says he is not sure the Republican-led Legislature will be supportive of Snyder's suggestion to increase vehicle registration fees to help raise revenues. The governor suggested a hike of $120 dollars in the annual fee.