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Voters To Decide Fate Of Proposal One And Road Funding


Governor Rick Snyder spent the last day before Election Day campaigning for Proposal One.


We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

Proposal One would increase the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar. That would help generate almost $2 billion to fix roads without taking money from schools or local governments.

Governor Snyder says it’s never easy to ask voters to raise their taxes.

“But it’s for a cause that we all know that we need to do, which is our roads, and we know that this is a lower cost solution than waiting, and a better solution,” he says.

Opponents say there are better ways to pay for road repairs, and the governor and the Legislature should be forced to go back and try again.

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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