Week after Prop. 1 defeat, what’s next?

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — It was one week ago when voters in Michigan said a resounding no to Proposal 1.

Proposal 1 was a plan the Michigan Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder hoped would fund roads among other things by raising and shifting a number of different taxes.

That plan is history, but the roads are still a mess. So what’s next?

To fix Michigan’s decrepit roads, Snyder has said it would take at least $1.2 billion a year for a decade or more. Increasingly, some members say it may be more like $1.3 billion and the revenue stream needs to be more or less permanent.

Currently, there is no plan on the table that does that but the chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the Michigan House of Representatives says there may be some ways to generate more money.

“I think we can get in general fund money this year, probably about $300 million. Now that’s a drop in the bucket compared to where we need to be but it could be a down payment on a ‘Plan B’ or another proposal,” said Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville.

Pscholka admits there will not be nearly enough “extra” dollars to meet the need of fixing, but he says it could be a start.

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, is expected to unveil his plan to pay for road repairs later this week. He has hinted the plan could involve cuts and other fixes within the existing budget which could make it difficult to get the 56 votes needed in the House — much less the 20 needed in the Senate.

At the same time, other plans are being talked about but the big question is can you find that much money without raising revenues?

If the answer is no, what chance is there to get the Legislature to vote to raise your taxes when you just turned down a tax hike?

It could be a long summer in Lansing.

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