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Mackinac Co. Road Commission Announces Temporary Layoffs

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The roads have endured a tough winter, and now the money to fix them just isn't there.

State senators are considering a measure that would mean paying more for gas to address the the road funding problem.

It's the latest effort to raise money to repair damaged roads and bridges.

The House already voted to allow the state's 19 cents per gallon gas tax to go as high as 32.5 cents over the next 5 years.

Some are concerned it won't be enough to fix the roads.

The senate infrastructure committee will discuss the measure tomorrow.

A lack of road funding is hitting Mackinac County Road Commission especially hard. Starting today about 14 employees will be laid off until June 2nd. Four workers will continue working, 2 at each of the 2 buildings.

The Mackinac County Road Commission says the layoffs come because of a lack of road funding and what they do have isn't keeping pace with the cost.

For now, they are cutting back on things like roadside mowing.

9&10's Alyssa Gambla and photojournalist Erin Malone have more details on the layoffs.

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