Analyst: re-shuffling existing state revenue to fix roads will be politically challenging

May 6, 2015

Gov. Snyder campaigned extensively for passage of Proposal 1. Voter rejection means he and state lawmakers must start over in finding a way to pay for road repairs.
Credit Jake Neher/MPRN

Last night, months of impassioned rhetoric, TV spots and old fashioned stumping came to an abrupt end. Michigan voters soundly defeated Proposal 1, the constitutional amendment designed to fund repairs to the state’s faltering roads. The proposal would have increased the state sales tax by one percent, while also sending money to schools and local governments.

Turnout at the polls was reportedly very low. Unofficial results say less than 20 percent.

The vote now leaves Michigan lawmakers with some hard decisions and few choices about how to proceed with rebuilding critical infrastructure while keeping the rest of its fiscal house in order.

Current State talks about the aftermath of the Prop 1 vote with Bob Schneider, director of state affairs for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.