Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are trying to convince state lawmakers to adopt a plan to raise one-point-three billion dollars for roads, and then put the question on the ballot in May.
The state Legislature is entering the final hours of its two-year session without having reached a deal to boost road funding.
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By Jake Neher
The state Legislature returns Tuesday after a two month summer break.
Republican leaders still have some big priorities to accomplish before the end of the year. None are bigger than finding a way to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.
But it looks like that and other major bills will have to wait until the Legislature’s “lame duck” session in December. Top lawmakers say they do notexpect many major votes between now and the November election.
State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.
A state Senate workgroup met for the first time Thursday to hammer out a solution. Senators and staff involved in the meeting say it consisted of members offering wide ranging ideas for how to address the issue.
State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills)
The top Democrat in the state House says a road funding solution will probably have to wait until after the November election.
State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel says too many lawmakers are not willing to make the tough vote until they’re past their reelection bids. That’s because boosting infrastructure spending by more than a billion dollars a year would likely mean raising taxes to pay for it.
Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol over road funding may have resurrected the controversy over Michigan’s right-to-work law.
Gov. Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.
The Michigan Senate could vote this week on bills that would increase state funding for roads by $1.3-1.4 billion a year. That’s almost triple the amount recently approved by the state House.