MacDonald outlines bill to maximize road funding

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald detailed his legislation to help reduce local road funding red tape during a meeting of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday.

“This reform would help our local road agencies maximize their road funding and put it to effective use in our communities,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “By allowing local agencies to swap federal funds for state dollars — and avoid the burdensome requirements that come with the federal dollars — we could help our local governments save over 20% in unnecessary costs. Those are resources that can then be better used to improve local roads.”

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) estimates that local road agencies see an estimated 20% to 30% cost increase by meeting federal standards, such as bidding requirements and reporting.

“The state has much experience dealing with the federal rules and can more easily meet the requirements at minimal costs,” MacDonald said.

Senate Bill 465, sponsored by Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, would allow local road agencies to swap some of the federal funds allocated to that local road agency with MDOT in exchange for state funds.

MacDonald’s bill, SB 466, would use state funds to replace the federal dollars directed to MDOT under SB 465 — directing funds from the State Trunkline Fund to counties, cities, and villages.

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Photo caption: Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, details his legislation to help reduce local road funding red tape during a meeting of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday. Senate Bills 465 and 466, sponsored by MacDonald and Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, (right) would allow local road agencies to swap some of the federal funds allocated to that local road agency with the Michigan Department of Transportation in exchange for state funds.