To The Point: Gov. Snyder on roads

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — In this lame-duck session, the big issue has been roads.

Gov. Rick Snyder says the state needs to spend an additional $1.2 billion on roads each year for a decade to get them back into shape.

proposed Michigan gas tax graphic 111214The legislature has so far been unable to come to an agreement on how to raise that $1.2 billion per year. The Senate has proposed a bill that would double the gasoline tax over the next four years and devote the revenue to roads. The House has proposed a different plan that would shift taxes to raise the money.

“The challenge is requires a revenue increase, a tax increase of some fashion, and so that’s very difficult for legislators to do,” Snyder said. “That’s why I’m encouraging citizens to contact their legislators not to get upset with them over the roads, but really give them positive reinforcement to please do something. Let’s get something done now.”

A conference committee has been formed to try to come up with a deal — hopefully by Monday.

==This week on “To The Point,” the governor discusses why he supports the Senate’s bill, and other legislation being considered during the lame-duck session, including a bill that would collect sales taxes on Internet sales.=

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