Lawmakers Leave Lansing Dodging Potholes and Criticism
State lawmakers are on summer recess,. but you can be sure they won’t be getting a break from hearing about the conditions of roads in their district from constituents.
Members of the Senate adjourned on Thursday after failing repeatedly to come to terms on a way to raise revenue for the much-needed fix. They vow, though, to be back on it come fall.
MLive.com is reporting plans to raise the estimated $1 billion a year fell flat this week on number of levels. Proposals under consideration would have increased fund by nearly $40 million by switching the gas tax to an adjustable rate on the wholesale price rather than the per gallon fee now charged.
That went nowhere.
Another proposal would have let voters decide whether to increase the sales tax or choose another form of revenue enhancement that is more to their liking.
That went nowhere either.
What has gained speed in the road fix debate, is finger-pointing. Democrats were quick to get on board to blame the Republican governor and leadership in both the House and Senate for the impasse.
A House bill would generate an additional $450 million for roads and is said to be revenue-neutral. That could be the only plan to survive the debate.
Many, though, are already saying the money just scratches the surface–or in this case, rubble–on finding a way to address infrastructure concerns.
Lawmakers could come back into session should there appear to be some movement on negotiations.
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