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Snyder: Road Money Discussions “Constructive”


Governor Rick Snyder met Friday with the Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders to try and strike a deal on road funding.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.

Governor Snyder hosted a day-long series of meetings in his state Capitol office to toss around ideas and crunch the numbers.           

“And so it’s a good healthy discussion,” he says.  “Clearly, what we need to do is get additional funding for our roads, so let’s solve the road problem.”

Which, he says, requires more than a billion dollars in new revenue a year.  The options include a higher fuel tax or a higher sales tax. But it will take the votes of Republican and Democratic lawmakers to get it done, so any solution will have to be bipartisan.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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