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      Michigan lawmakers approve $215 million for roads

      Michigan lawmakers have agreed to set aside $215 million for road maintenance, partly to help local governments grappling with winter costs and potholes.

      The Senate voted 30-5 to approve a spending bill Wednesday while another storm was hitting the state. The House is expected to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder later in the afternoon.

      More than half the money will go to shovel-ready road projects. Lawmakers also are allocating an additional $100 million so road agencies still have maintenance money in the summer after significant snow plowing costs.

      The bill also adjusts the state budget to account for the loss of $73 million in expected savings after Senate Republicans delayed the expansion of Medicaid from January to April.