Local residents can learn more about how road funding is distributed and discuss current legislative road funding proposals at a special public meeting sponsored by Rep. Dan Lauwers on Tuesday, June 25, in Marysville. The meeting takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Clair County RESA, 499 Range Road, in the Woodland Developmental Center cafeteria. Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation and St. Clair County Road Commission, and the legislative director for Central Transport who is a former state House Transportation Committee chair, will make presentations. ”The meeting is a chance for people to learn more about how their tax dollars are spent to improve our roads, and weigh in on the latest proposals to provide additional funding,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “How to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges will be an ongoing discussion in Lansing over the coming months, and I invite local residents to the meeting to get their voices heard.” Lauwers voted in favor of new budget bills that allocate $351 million in additional funding for roads and infrastructure without raising fees or taxes. A legislative workgroup last session released a report stating that Michigan needs $1.2 billion in additional revenue to maintain its roads and bridges in good or fair condition. Some recent proposals include shifting a portion of the sales tax to improve roads, and increasing the state gas tax. No reservations are necessary for the meeting. For more information, call Lauwers toll free at (877) DAN-8181; mail correspondence to S-1185 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; or e-mail him firstname.lastname@example.org.