Skubick: Former lawmakers optimistic about funding road repairs

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Three former lawmakers who crafted a plan to fix the roads are telling 6 News there is very little chance Gov. Whitmer’s 45 cent gas tax hike can survive in the Republican legislature. 

Former Republican Senate leader Ken Sikkema, former Democratic Senate leader Bob Emerson and former Democratic Lt. Governor John Cherry drafted the original proposal to hike the gas tax by 47 cents.

Gov. Whitmer used the template to craft her own 45 cent gas tax hike.

Joined by former Senate Republican leader Dan DeGrow, the four were asked what chances the governor’s plan has of passing.

“She’s probably not going to get 45 cents,” insists Sikkema. “But there’s more than a 50-50 chance that taxes are going to get raised to fix it. I just dont know the amount.”

Bob Emerson: “Her getting 45? I’d say four.”

Dan DeGrow: “Two. I’d say a two.”

John Cherry: “3 at 45 but 8 at something.”

The group with almost a combined 100 years of legislative experience are more optimistic about the governor reaching $2.5 billion for road work.

The former lawmakers are encouraged that the governor and the two new Republican legisltive leaders are trying to building a relationship that could produce a road compromise.

“I’m astouned that both leaders have left the door open to doing someting about it, to their credit,” exclaims Emerson.

A door open is not an agreement, but they think its at least a start.

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