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Sales tax to fix roads in Michigan may be dead

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LANSING, Mich. -

Efforts to place a sales tax on the May ballot to raise money for Michigan roads appears to be dead. 

The governor still demanding $1.2 billion to fix the roads, and still hunting to find a way to do it.

The Senate Republicans were talking about taking a vote this week to place a sales tax increase on the statewide ballot in May. 26 votes are needed.

Problem is the GOP leadership did not have enough GOP votes to do it and the Senate Democratic leader, Gretchen Whitmer, is saying thanks, but no thanks.

She argues the concept doesn't make sense because it hurts the schools and the truly needy.

"This plan puts our schools in jeopardy and it would impose a huge tax increase that is regressive, " says Whitmer.

Senate Budget Chair Roger Kahn (R) was pushing for the May vote, has counted noses and says it is doubtful the can bill get 26 votes.

While the May vote has been missed for fixing the roads, the Senator says a special election vote later this year is in play and he says he is willing to make a deal with the Democrats by offering some tax breaks for the needy and more money for schools.

"Maybe some sort of tax credit makes it more palatable, maybe more money for the schools makes it more palatable. Maybe all of the above," says Kahn. 

Both Whitmer and Kahn say they are willing to talk about some kind of deal.

So Governor Rick Snyder doesn't have his deal yet, but one appears to be in the works as the horse trading over road revenue continues in Lansing.


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