To The Point: Gov. Snyder on Prop. 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As part of his effort to encourage voters to pass Proposal 1, Gov. Rick Snyder stopped by “To The Point” this week.

Proposal 1 would, among other things, raise the state sales tax to 7 percent and trigger other laws that will devote about $1.2 billion annually to roads.

>>Online: The ballot language as provided by the Secretary of State (pdf)

The ballot question is the result of a plan hammered out late in last year’s lame-duck session all to fix Michigan roads, but Proposal 1 does much more than just that, which has created some controversy.

To The Point’s Rick Albin asked why the deal includes a sales tax increase that funds more than just infrastructure.

“That’s part of good government, is people coming together. Again, there were very different perspectives going into that meeting. There was compromise involved. Compromise is not a dirty word. I think it was good legislation. This is good policy,” Snyder responded. “I appreciate the opportunity to walk through each piece because if you walk through each piece there’s a good rationale for each piece and it’s a good answer for Michigan long term. So that’s why I hope people do support it. Again, first and foremost , let’s focus in on safer roads.”

Gov. Snyder lays out one side’s thoughts on the deal to fix Michigan roads on this March 29, 2015 episode of “To The Point.”

Proposal 1 goes before voters on May 5.

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