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Road funding package endorsed by Governor Snyder


LANSING (WKZO) -- Governor Snyder has endorsed the road funding package passed by the House and is urging the Senate to act quickly to also enact it.  He says its does not produce as much funding as he proposed, but its a step in the right direction. 

He made the statements during a visit to Kalamazoo Monday. 

According to a new survey, Rich Studley at the State Chamber of Commerce says that this nasty winter and the potholes that followed has turned tax hikes for roads into a winner. Last year only 30% backed a tax hike to fund roads. Now their poll shows its  supported by 60% of the population.

Conservative and Tea Party groups are opposing it, saying the state should cut something else and fund the roads instead.

Gilda Jacobs with the Michigan League for Public Policy says that’s exactly what she is afraid they might do, even with the road funding they are reallocating this year.

She is afraid that Education and social service programs may get cut.

The House bill would slowly increase the gas tax by a penny each year, although there has been some criticism that it doesn’t increase it fast enough, and the Senate may accelerate that rate.

Committee hearings will begin Tuesday. .