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Lawmakers Debate Where Taxpayer Dollars Should Go

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan taxpayers will get $100 back from the state under an income tax roll-back plan.

The plan cleared a House Committee in Lansing Wednesday, but as 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick reports, some lawmakers think that money should fix the roads.

The state has a surplus and some of the people in that building want to return part of it to you, but others want to use the money to fix the roads and on this day, the roads lost.

The Republicans on the House Taxation Committee ignored the Governor's proposal to reduce property taxes as they voted instead to gradually rollback the state income tax rate.

Reporter: "How much would you get back?"

"Its a savings of about $100 a year. Democrats tried to redirect the money into the roads but republicans blocked it," said State Representative Jeff Farrington, (r), Macomb County.

State Representative Vicki Barnett (d), Farmington Hills: "Before we start sending $20 to the average taxpayer, which doesn't cover one-tenth of the cost of a front end alignment that they have to have, we should look at fixing the infrastructure."

The latest polling data suggests 38 percent of the voters want to fix the roads and only 11 percent want a tax rebate.

But this conservative contends, taxpayers who created the surplus should get part of it back.

Scott Hagerstrom, Americans for Prosperity, "They passed a tax cut for every single taxpayer working in Michigan."

Reporter: "Would the money be better spent on the roads?"

Hagerstrom: "We already pay the seventh highest gas tax in the country. Michigan residents are already paying for first class roads."

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce does not agree with that conclusion.

This lobbyist contends if business, farming and tourism are going to need better roads.

Tricia Kinley, Michigan Chamber of Commerce: "It is an embarrassment to have folks come in and out of Michigan and they are bumping along like we do everyday. It's noticeable and it's dangerous."

Even though this panel voted for the income tax cut, don't spend it yet, the battle with the road lobby and the schools over how to spend the surplus is just getting started.

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