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Skubick: Lawmakers Working On Road Funding Solution

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Flooding is just one of many reasons our state roads need some help and on Thursday three republicans and three democrats huddled for the first time behind closed doors, trying to find some way to raise more revenue to do just that.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick reports there's a disagreement on whether another work group is needed.

The senate republican leader has formed a six person work group that was going to meet in in July.

It did not. It huddled Thursday.

And the top democrat on the work group is not impressed.

Reporter: “Talk to me about the work group on roads.”
(Senator does not talk)
Reporter: “Say something else.”
Senator Gretchen Whitmer: “What's to say?”

Senator Whitmer says they should vote on the plan that was on the floor earlier this summer that failed and another work group is not the solution.
“I think it's important for us to continue trying to solve the road problem, but I don't know that any of these guys are really serious yet,” said State Senator Gretchen Whitmer, (d), senate democratic leader.)

Reporter: “Do you think another work group is needed to address this issue?”
Senator Whitmer: “No.”
Reporter: “So is Mr. Richardville trying to save face here with this work group?”
Senator Whitmer: “Yes.”
Reporter: “That's pretty nasty.”
Senator Whitmer: “It's not nasty, it's a fact.”

State Senator Randy Richardville, (r), senate republican leader: “It was Senator Whitmer that suggested with the governor that we take this up in September and I set up a bi-partisan transportation team. This is the first meeting, it should be held tomorrow. There's nothing off the agenda. I think it's just a little political wind blowing.”

The objective of the group is to find some way to raise more money for the roads and the democrats are talking about closing corporate loopholes to get the job done.

“It wouldn't hurt us to close a few corporate tax loopholes that are no longer incentives in the state of Michigan. And corporations ought to want to see this thing happen as well. Smoother roads benefit everybody,” said State Senator Bert Johnson (d), Highland Park.

The group will meet again hoping to have something by September, although a final vote may have to wait until after the November election.


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