LANSING — This morning, the House Appropriations Committee approved House Bill 4321 adding an extra $175 million in road funding in the 2017-18 fiscal year. This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed HB 4321. In response, state Rep. Ronnie Peterson (D-Ypsilanti) issued the following statement:

“I was proud to vote in favor of House Bill 4321 in our Appropriations Committee this morning and again on the House floor this afternoon. Our roads have been underfunded for too long, and as a result Michigan drivers have had to pay more at the pump and spend more on costly car repairs, and that is unacceptable. Thanks to our work today, it is estimated that Washtenaw County will receive more than $1.9 million in funding for county road repairs, and the city of Ypsilanti will receive more than $120,000 for city road work. And while this is a positive step in the right direction, we must remember that more work still needs to be done. It is vital that our roads and bridges are rebuilt and properly maintained for the safety of our citizens and the economic health of our state.”