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New road funding proposal in Lansing

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Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, addresses members of the media during a press conference with Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative colleagues announcing an agreement on spending targets for the FY 2012 state budget.  Photo courtesy of senate.michigan.gov.
Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, addresses members of the media during a press conference with Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative colleagues announcing an agreement on spending targets for the FY 2012 state budget. Photo courtesy of senate.michigan.gov.

LANSING (WKZO) -- Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has unveiled his proposal to raise money for roads. It will come straight out of the pockets of drivers.

It would raise the wholesale fuel tax from the proposed 6% figure in the house package to 15-1/2% by 2018, generating 1.3 to 1.5 billion dollars.

Some republicans say they won’t vote for a tax hike. That means Richardville will need help from democrats.

Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer say they won’t support it unless they get a higher minimum wage bill.

Other democrats would also like to see restoration of the earned income tax credit and a vote to revoke the pension tax.

They say since the state is taking more out of their income, they should put some back.

Richardville is pressing for a vote next Tuesday or Wednesday, let the bargaining begin.

 

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