Dianda appointed to new roads committee

LANSING — One of the representatives appointed to a newly formed State House committee is one of the Upper Peninsula’s own.

State Representative Scott Dianda is one of two Democrats that will be a part of the newly created House Special Committee on Roads and Economic Development. After the defeat of Proposal One at the ballots, legislators are now considering new ways to generate about a billion dollars a year to fix and maintain the state’s roads.

Dianda said in a statement that his first priority will be to come to the table with suggestions that would reduce MDOT’s administrative costs, increase oversight and accountability, and make sure every dollar MDOT can spare is directed towards repairing road surfaces.