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Snyder's $1.2 Billion Road Plan In Jeopardy

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Governor Rick Snyder's plan to raise $1.2 billion to fix the state's roads is in jeopardy. A proposal to raise the state sales tax as part of a transportation package is also in trouble.

 

It was almost two years ago that the governor called for spending the money to fix the roads. He is still waiting and he may not get it. Snyder and legislative leaders have talked about raising the sales tax as part of a package to fix the roads and raise more money for schools. But the plan is languishing in the Michigan House controlled by the GOP.

Republican Chair of the House Transportation Committee Wayne Schmidt says the sales tax is on the shelf, which is legislative jargon for it's next to being dead.

 

"The House is not going to move on it. It's there in waiting," said State Rep. Schmidt.

 

 

 

The House GOP Speaker is participating in closed door negotiation with the democrats and the governor and while he wont toss in the towel on the sales tax proposal, he's not very upbeat about it being approved either.

 

"I'm not hearing much hope dim at this point," said State rep. Jase Bolger.

The Senate Democratic Leader is waiting for polling data on whether the citizens would endorse a sales tax hike. In the meantime, she is not giving up.

 

"There are some of us who are still trying to work towards a solution that makes sense on a couple of different fronts," said Senator Gretchen Whitmer, the democratic leader, who says this doesn't have to be done by the end of the year.

The Senate GOP Leader Randy Richardville says there is a 50-50 chance the transportation funding issue may be delayed until after the 2014 election.

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