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Paul Ajegba, new MDOT director: “Core issue is funding”

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Paul Ajegba, the man tapped by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to head the Michigan Department of Transportation, says Michigan needs to rethink how it funds roads and the system needs an infusion of dollars, but how to accomplish that is up to the governor and Legislature.

“We have more needs than we have dollars,” Ajegba told the state Senate Advise and Consent Committee during a hearing Tuesday to consider his appointment. “The core issue is funding.”

He said Michigan ranks 46th among the 50 states in per-capita funding for roads.

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The state Senate has 60 days to object to Ajebga’s appointment. If no objection is raised, he is automatically confirmed.

Ajebga, a 28-year veteran of MDOT, got a arespectful hearing from the committee, and Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, thanked him at the hearing’s conclusion for being “direct” in his answers.

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