12.18.14: Michigan road funding talks down to final day
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Talks over raising taxes to repair deteriorating Michigan roads have come down to the last day of voting in the Legislature this year.
Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders plan to resume negotiations Thursday morning in hopes of brokering a minimum $1.2 billion deal. A solution may be done through legislation only, a ballot measure proposed for a statewide vote or a combination of both.
Legislators are planning for a marathon session that may stretch into Friday.
Snyder says talks are centered on a number of principles. They include generating an extra $1.2 billion a year for transportation funding, not harming K-12 and municipal budgets, making sure taxes at the pump go to roads, keeping fuel taxes in check and preventing a tax hike from disproportionately affecting lower- and middle-class residents.
He says lawmakers are “heading in a direction where it may be possible to check those boxes.”