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Tue March 5, 2013
Governor, Legislators Trying To Strike Road $ Deal
Governor Rick Snyder is pushing lawmakers to act soon on a plan to raise more than a billion dollars in new revenue for roads and transportation projects.
The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.
Governor Snyder wants a revenue package ready in time for projects to begin in the coming spring and summer construction season. A deal does not seem to be near, but lawmakers are discussing different ideas. The governor says that’s promising.
“Obviously, there are pros and cons to any approach," he says. "There are no perfect answers, but there are good answers that should be possible out of this.”
The governor says he’s pleased there seems to general agreement that roads need to be fixed -- even if there’s no agreement yet on how to pay for it.
One proposal would raise the sales tax by a one percentage point. That would have to approved by voters. That idea would have to clear the Legislature this week to appear on the ballot in May.