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Brakes Put on Sales Tax Raise Efforts

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The brakes have been put on efforts to place a sales tax on the may ballot to raise money for the roads.

The governor is still demanding $1.2 billion to fix the roads, and still hunting to find a way to do it. The Senate republicans were talking about taking a vote this week to place a sales tax increase on the statewide ballot in May. 26 votes are needed.

Problem is the GOP leadership did not have enough GOP votes to do it and the Senate Democratic Leader, Gretchen Whitmer, is saying, thanks but no thanks.

Whitmer argues the concept doesn't make sense because it hurts the schools and the truly needy. "It would impose a huge tax increase that is regressive."

GOP lawmaker Roger Kahn, who was pushing for the May vote, has counted noses and doesn't have enough.

While the May vote has been missed for fixing the roads, the senator says a special election later this year is in play and he says he is willing to make a deal with the democrats by offering some tax breaks for the needy and more money for schools.

"Maybe some sort of tax credit makes it more palatable, maybe more money for the schools makes it more palatable. Maybe all of the above," said Kahn, who says he's willing to deal.

If Whitmer can get GOP votes for her free college plan, she's willing to deal, too.

"I certainly would be open to talking about it," said Whitmer.

So the governor doesn't have his deal yet, but one appears to be in the works as the horse trading over road revenue continues in this town.

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