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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The governor wants over $1 billion to fix Michigan’s roads, lawmakers offered half. Now there’s word that more money could soon be on the table.
There are strong signals out of the state Capitol Wednesday that lawmakers are looking at raising more than the proposed $500 million to fix the roads.
As 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick indicates, some key players are willing to do that.
“This is the first time that I’m willing to come out and say I think the senate would consider additional road funding,” said State Senator Randy Richardville, senate republican leader.
The House republican speaker started the bidding at $500 million for the roads, but increasingly key lawmakers are saying they are willing to add to that amount.
“We are looking at that possibility.”
Even the governor, who wants $1.3 billion for the roads, is getting new signals.
“I’ve had individual lawmakers say they are much more open minded and they're hearing from the citizens,” said Governor Rick Snyder.
But this lobbyist for a grassroots conservative group says his members want no part of any higher taxes.
“They can find the money in the budget and not raise taxes on the hard working people of Michigan,” said Scott Hagerstrom, Americans for Prosperity. Reporter: “Will they say more money is needed for the roads?” Hagserstrom: “Why are they looking to send $350 million to the city of Detroit? That could go to roads.”
A consensus seems to be forming to eliminate the 19 cent a gallon gas tax and replace it with a tax on oil companies at the wholesale level, and as the price of that gas would go up, the state's revenue take would go up as well, without a vote of lawmakers.
The senate republican leader likes that plan, but he’s hearing from others that they want to do even more.
“So I’m going to support some more revenues. There are people starting to talk in that direction now and frankly I’m one of them,” said State Senator Randy Richardville, senate republican leader.
The governor thinks the wholesale tax is gaining traction. He's been waiting for more than two years to fix the roads. Now it appears he is closer than ever to getting there, if lawmakers go along.