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House Control May Trump Revenue For Mich. Roads, Schools

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - There are indications the battle for control of the Michigan House may be hampering efforts to raise new revenue for the roads and schools.  The House Democratic leader accuses the republicans of over taxing the citizens and because of that, citizens won't support more revenue for roads and school kids.

The GOP controls the Michigan House and the democrats want to get control. And House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel says "we've got a 50-50 chance."

There are fears that the politics of House control could trump efforts to raise money for roads and schools. The internal polling suggests tax payers are not willing to embrace any tax hike for those projects.

Greimel blames the GOP for creating that attitude. "There are a lot of reasons to believe that residents are fed up with the long series of tax increases that republican legislators have imposed on them," he said. "Michigan voters are rightly upset about the fact that they are paying higher taxes to pay for massive tax cuts for big corporations."

Governor Rick Snyder was meeting with members of big and small corporations and he dismisses Greimel's charge. "That's a partisan comment. I'm just focused on bringing more and better jobs and we've shown results and our economy is coming back."

Meanwhile, business leaders continue to pressure lawmakers to fix the roads and schools

Lobbyist Chuck Hadden concedes raising revenue on the eve of an election year is tough for lawmakers, yet they should do it. "It's going to take some profiles in courage quite frankly."

The two leaders in the Senate are still trying to craft a plan that can win bi-partisan support. Talks with the governor continue toward that end. 

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