Michigan lawmakers OK $3 million on Capitol upkeep

The Michigan Legislature has approved permanently setting aside $3 million a year in tobacco tax revenue to maintain the state Capitol building and grounds.

Legislation approved unanimously Thursday now goes to Governor Rick Snyder for his expected signature.

The money will come from the state's general fund and be adjusted for inflation each year.

It's been 21 years since a major restoration of the Capitol was finished, and keeping the building in good shape has been tougher than expected.

Backers say the intent of the bill is to make decisions like painting the dome and fixing the roof less "political." It's sponsored by Republican Sen. Roger Kahn of Saginaw Township.