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Package to fund repairs

State Rep. Matt Lori on Thursday commended House approval of a legislative package to fund repairs to Michigan’s transportation system.

He called the action a good first step toward a sustainable solution.

Lori voted in favor of the bills that will dedicate $450 million to help fix the state’s transportation system.

The increased funding would go into effect in 2015. Its source comes from an increase in permit fees and fines for overweight or oversized trucks.

Other components of the bills include dedicating sales-tax revenue not earmarked for schools or local governments to the fund, expanding the competitive-bidding process for road and bridge projects to ensure efficient funding, and late fees for vehicle registration as an additional source of funding.

The bills are on their way to the Senate for consideration.