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Some Legislators Don’t Support Gov. Snyder’s Education Plan

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The governor has been trying all week to pass his education achievement authority bill to include more failing schools.

As 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick reports the senate refuses to put up the votes, even though some senators were willing to "make a deal."

The governor likes to say he is not a horse trader. That is he's not fond of giving something to lawmakers in return for getting something back, like the EAA expansion bill.

The latest nose count in the republican senate shows the governor is 2-5 votes short.

The governor could get some votes for his EAA package if he was willing to make a deal. In a rare peek inside the inner workings of the legislature, this Macomb County republican says he is voting no on the governor’s bill. But if the governor gave him $100 million for some income tax relief, he would vote yes.

“If I could get $100 million in the first year in tax relief, I’d take it, yes I would, said State Senator Jack Brandenburg, (r), Macomb County.

Reporter: “Now some people are going to say this is horse trading, senator.
Senator Brandenburg: “That’s why they call it politics.”
Reporter: “The problem is, the horse trader doesn’t want to trade.”
Senator Brandenburg: “Well, if the horse trainer doesn’t want to trade, then there’s no deal, two people have to make a deal.”

Republican Senator Joe Hune from Brighton has also proposed a deal with the governor, but was in no mood to appear on camera to talk about it. The governor remains evasive on any deal-making going on behind the scenes.

Reporter: “Did you make any deals overnight?”
Governor Snyder: “No.”
Reporter: “Were any offered?”
Governor Snyder: “I don’t want to get into the speculation.”
Reporter: “Why not? Let’s speculate a little.”
Governor Snyder: “laughs

Meanwhile, the senate republican leader says for the next couple of weeks he’ll look at some compromised language that members of his caucus have proposed.

“So I want to look at their ideas, they brought up some good points in the last couple of discussions and so I don't want to ram something through when they have some decent feedback. So we’ll consider those things over the next few days, maybe a week or two,” said State Senator Randy Richardville (r), Senate GOP Leader.

The governor argues the EAA is working. His problem is, not all the republicans believe him.
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