Snyder: Road bills hurt economic development

Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at the opening session of the Mackinac Policy Conference Wednesday May 27, 2015,on Mackinac Island, Mich.

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says the introduction of legislation to cut $135 million in economic development funds to improve roads is costing Michigan jobs and investment.

The Republican governor said Thursday the House bills “send a message” to business that Michigan is being inconsistent in economic development efforts. Diverting the economic money to transportation funding is part of a plan Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter unveiled after voters defeated a sales tax increase to trigger additional road repairs.

Snyder said at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference the legislation creates a “disincentive for investment.”

He says policymakers need to get “on the same page.”

Snyder’s administration this week backed off its assertion that the Pure Michigan tourism program would have to be cut as a result of the House plan.

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