LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, issued the following statement on the Senate passage of a comprehensive road plan:

“We have been talking about this for a long time; we need to act. We have before us a plan to inject an additional $1.2 billion into Michigan’s roads.

“It’s not the perfect plan. It’s not the plan I would have written. It’s not the plan that any of us would have written if we had a blank piece of paper and ours was the only vote that mattered.

“But let’s consider the facts. Our general fund has not gone up since 2007, and we don’t have a pile of money lying around. This is the best, doable plan.

“If you vote no and don’t have an alternative plan, you aren’t a part of the solution. If you vote no, and have an alternative plan that doesn’t have enough votes to pass, you aren’t part of the solution.

“This plan is the only plan to have enough support to get through both the House, the Senate and be signed by the governor.

“If you believe that roads are a priority, and I think most of us agree that they are, then you have to understand that you have to compromise. This bill need not be the last one on rebuilding our roads and bridges. It can be the beginning of the discussion, and I think it should be.

“So let’s pass this plan as a down payment on our roads and let us resolve that we still have work to do in the years to come.

“By voting yes, you will be a part of a solution and set an example by leading, and we are elected to do just that.”

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