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Paul Ajegba, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nominee to head the Michigan Department of Transportation, faced a grilling in a state Senate committee on Tuesday. And he let slip a rather interesting tidbit, saying that MDOT likely needs another $1.5 billion in funding just to fix state roads. And that doesn’t account for the needs of counties, cities and villages.

On today’s show, we break down the particulars, including why that $1.2 billion roads package lawmakers passed back in 2015 won’t cut it. We also run down:

  • GM’s planned layoffs of 1,300 salaried employees at the Warren Tech Center, coming on the same day the automaker reported earning $8.1 billion for 2018
  • A Detroit police commander who retired after being charged with impaired driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence
  • Former Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds, who was sentenced to 17 years in a federal prison in a wide-ranging Macomb County corruption scandal, detailed by The Detroit News
  • Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, 92, has entered hospice care
  • And the Downtown Detroit Partnership releases its annual report, featuring some interesting data points

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