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Kurtz cautiously optimistic about road funding issue in Michigan

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Michigan’s economic recovery continues with the rebound possibly strong enough that a one cent sales tax increase to fund badly needed road repairs might stand a chance of gaining approval if it’s put to a statewide vote. That’s how Republican State Representative Ken Kurtz of Coldwater sees it. Kurtz tells us he would like to see the legislature take some kind of action on road funding before the November elections. He points to primary election day earlier this month and the passage of millage issues for education and other community needs as a sign that folks are sensing the economy has turned the corner and they’re  willing to put their dollars to work in areas they believe are important.

Any proposed sales tax hike would require a vote of the people. Kurtz has been lobbying to have lawmakers consider putting it on the ballot as a stand-alone issue and while he’s hoping for success, it’s something much easier said than done.