Lansing back to work on roads plan amid sex scandal


LANSING, Mich. – It'll be a roll of the dice in Lansing Tuesday as lawmakers try to put together a road funding packing while dealing with a big sex scandal.

Local 4's Mara MacDonald says it's possible a roads deal will get done, but it's not a lock.

Look no further than I-75 on Monday morning to see an example of metro Detroit's crumbling infrastructure. A gaping pothole opened up near Springwells, cratering multiple cars and shutting down a lane of traffic for the fix.

The House is looking at a plan that raises $600 million from gas tax and vehicle registration increases, plus $600 million in cuts from the state general fund. Leadership has been hustling for vote with one very large distraction playing out.

The Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat extramarital affair - turned fake gay sex cover-up - turned blackmail narrative is where all the dirty laundry is coming out. Former staffer Joshua Cline detailed an office where work was not the primary objective.

"They frequently greeted each other with what appeared to be long, highly personal hugs and embraces," Cline said.

Read: Ex-staffer says husband discovered Todd Courser-Cindy Gamrat affair in February

He said staffers were treated like dirt, so much so that Cline resigned because of stress. One was fired and another taped the lunacy going on and turned it over to the House for investigation.

Courser says he's a no vote on the tax increase for roads on Tuesday.