LANSING — State Representative Robert L. Kosowski (D-Westland) proudly announced today’s passage of House Bill 5453, legislation he introduced as part of a bipartisan package to raise $500 million annually toward maintaining Michigan roads.

“With the passage of House Bill 5453, we have taken a step forward as a state in regard to fixing our roads,” Kosowski said. “Although the package is just a start, we are moving forward together and making progress in a bipartisan manner.”

The 10-bill package increases the use of competitive bidding for road projects and redirects the tax on fuel to local and state transportation funds. Kosowski’s bill doubles the fines for illegally overweight vehicles, which do the most damage to our roads.

“I heard residents loud and clear when they voiced their concerns with road conditions,” Kosowski said. “I am excited to be part of the solution.”