Skubick: House Democrats offer road repair funding plan

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – State lawmakers are working on a road fix package and House Democrats argue state corporations should pay higher taxes to do it.

For the first time the GOP House speaker has indicated that a gas tax hike would be part of an end solution.

And for the first time House Democrats have offered their own road fix plan which includes a $500 million increase in the corporate income tax rate. State representative Tim Greimel says “This is a plan that finally makes corporations pay their fair share and fixes the roads while not unduly burdening the families and people of our state.”

However it is highly unlikely pro business Republicans would ever support that.

But Democrat Rep. Marilyn Lane contends if only 9 Republicans did, Democrats could overcome the fact that their plans are always rejected. “Our plans never really get anywhere but stepped on,” said Rep. Lane. “We’ll put up 47 votes and 9 Republicans that might be a better angle.”

Meanwhile the GOP leader thinks a 7 to 10 cent gas tax hike might fly but not the 15 cents the GOP Senate recently adopted. House Speaker Kevin Cotter says “I could see a smaller version of a gas tax increase that could be part of the end plan. I don’t know what the number will be.” Rep. Cotter added it was not likely it would be 15 cents.

While a final plan has not been drafted, Democratic leader Greimel is still willing to look at the gas tax boost. “We are always open to conversation with the other side and it’s one thing we are ruling one source of revenue completely out.”

The conversations continue as the hunt for the illusive road fix drags on.

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