Skubick: Curtain comes up on new legislative session

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Michigan lawmakers met for the first time today and everyone’s talking about working together.

On the issue of fixing the roads, it looks like the new governor may be modifying her plan to raise fees to get the job done.  

The 110 members of the Michigan House were sworn in and the 38 senators took the oath as well.

Families and friends were out in force. 

And history was made as the state’s first African-American lieutenant. governor presided over his first Senate session.

Although the new governor did not have a role in today’s festivities her campaign proposal to fix the roads with a fee increase did.

Senate Democratic leader Jim Ananich is saying for the first time, he thinks the fee hike, which is not embraced by the two Republican leaders, may be dead before its even introduced.

Skubick: “Would you recommend to the governor that she lead with a fee increase?”

Sen. Ananich: “No. I dont think that is her plan. She’ll have a comprehensive approach to fixing the roads.”

Skubick: “If you lead with a fee hike you lead with a defeat?”

Sen. Ananich: “And we all want to have some wins to learn to work together.”

The House Republican Speaker promises to work with the Democratic governor to find a road compromise.

“In order to get anything done we will need to compromise,” said Rep. Lee Chatfield. “Without compromise our roads will not be funded.”

Speaker Chatfield got some advise from eight former speakers in his office but he also met with the Democratic state attorney general and together, they endorsed a bi-partisan bill to stop the cops from taking property from individuals who aren’t convicted of a crime.

“I think Washington DC is plagued with a lack of cooperation and we can not become them,” said the Speaker. “We need to prove that we can find a way to work with one another.”

The mission to do that starts right now.  

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