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Lawmakers On Spring Break, Snyder Still Behind His Plan

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan lawmakers are now on spring break. While reviewing what they've done since last January, 6 News found that Governor Snyder is not getting what he wants from members of his own party.

 

 

It was a poignant challenge the governor laid on lawmakers last January. So how have lawmakers been acting and reacting to the governor's top priority items? Snyder is current 0-3 on fixing the roads, folding the uninsured into the medicaid system and he and his GOP legislative leaders have been unable to pry loose the votes from the governor's own party, where unrelenting Tea Party resistance is helping to bottle up these bills.

 

 

 

"Instead of raising $1.2 billion with a new tax for the roads, senate and house republicans continue to focus on finding the money without raising taxes. And they leave on spring break with no solution," said Governor Snyder.

 

The Obama Administration is giving Michigan a chance to insure the uninsured and create that Internet market for health insurance, but because it is part of ObamaCare, many GOP conservatives here want nothing to do with it.

The governor has tried to explain this will save tax dollars in the long run, but so far his argument has not produced a single GOP vote. This recalcitrance within his own party has created a grand opportunity for democrats. He needs their votes to pass these three programs, but to get those votes the democrats want something in return, so far they have not placed those demands on the table. But they will.

Despite a dismal record to date, the always upbeat governor refuses to complain and contends over time he has overcome these barriers.

"There's usually challenges and again the track record is good about over coming barriers. Do you get everything you want, not necessarily. You work hard and achieve the goals that real count. Relentless positive action," said Snyder.

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