Skubick: Gov. Snyder Getting Sales Tax Support From AFL-CIO

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Governor Snyder is getting support from an unlikely source in his push for a sales tax increase to fix the roads.

That’s right, unions and the governor typically haven’t seen eye to eye. As 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick tells us the state’s largest union is “on board” with the plan.

The state AFL CIO president Karla Swift has apparently set aside her differences with the governor and has embraced his sales tax hike for the roads.

“It’s not every day that business and labor agree on major economic issues, but this is an area where it’s easy to find common ground.”

The governor who has had his differences with labor, welcomed the endorsement as you might expect.

Reporter: “What’s the significance of the AFL CIO endorsement?”
Governor Snyder: “It shows that our coalition of more than 100 groups is very broad and it shows what happens when you work together to fix the roads.”

Republican Paul Mitchell reacts to the union joining hands with his governor.

“I don’t think it changes the dynamics at all in the election. We don’t care about special interest group endorsements. We don’t care how many they stack up. That really doesn’t impress me and frankly a lot of voters are not impressed.”

But all was not rosy for the governor and the chairwoman of his own party says she is voting no.

“I have not come on board with prop 1, but our roads need to be fixed,” said Ronna Romney MacDaniel, state republican chair.

Reporter: “So you won’t vote for proposal 1?”
MacDaniel: “I do not support proposal 1.”

Twelve sheriffs including the one from Ingham County are serving as co-chairs of the yes campaign because of the public safety ramifications of prop one.

And the head of the small business association says he will not contribute to the advertising budget for a yes vote, but will communicate his own message to his members.

“There’s a lot of talk about public safety. That’s not what appeals to small business. We’re going to talk about economic consequences,” said Rob Fowler, Small Business Association.

Voters decide this issue on May 5.

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