CHICAGO - The push for light rail and commuter mass transit in southeast Michigan would receive a boost under a proposed bill that expands the state's tax increment financing law to include funding for transit systems.

Last week the House Transportation Committee approved Bill 6114, sponsored by Rep. Marie Donigan, D-Royal Oak. It would allow property tax revenue generated within a TIF district to be used to fund mass transit and allow for the creation of local boards with the authority to issue bonds to finance transit projects.

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