Meekhof calls on House to convene conference committee

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Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today issued the following statement on the status of road funding:

“Our citizens demand results and our state needs better roads.  Rather than place blame and assign fault, I want to see the House take action in conference committee.  The House is in the position to move this process forward and I encourage leadership to convene the committee as soon as possible.

The senate passed a road funding plan this summer.  The senate plan prioritizes state spending, generates new revenue for a long-term solution and returns tax dollars to hardworking taxpayers. We are asking for more from our taxpayers in order to adequately fund our roads and it makes good sense to hold the state accountable by constraining the size of government.

Since that time, I have been working with Senator Ananich and our counterparts in the House to reach a consensus on how we can fund roads and maintain the priorities of our constituents.  The leaders reached an agreement and met to finalize the details last week, but progress stalled.  At this point we are too close to a resolution to leave this deal on the table.”