Senate Reacts to Sales Tax Increase for Road Funding
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After a 21 hour marathon session the Senate has approved a plan to allow Michiganders to vote on a proposed sales tax increase to fund road repairs and improvements.
The issue will be on the statewide ballot May 5, 2015. Voters will decide if the sales tax should go from 6% up to 7%. The money will be earmarked for many different purposes, but road funding appears to be the main reason for the ballot proposal.
Steve Gruber spoke with several key players this morning to get their reaction to the session and the ballot proposal.
Listen below to hear from both sides of the aisle.
Randy Richardville, outgoing Senate Majority Leader R-Monroe spoke about how long it would take to get the roads fixed if the ballot was approved.
Richardville believes this will help improve the business climate in Michigan.
Gretchen Whitmer, outgoing Senate Democratic Leader D-East Lansing said this wasn't her first choice, but it's better than doing nothing.
Mike Nystrom, Executive Vice President Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association said that fixing the roads is a safety issue.