Skubick: Road progress stalls in empty House

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Michigan House was scheduled to meet today to work on a road fix package, but even though they might have met, nothing was done.

It was on October 26, 2011 that Governor Rick Snyder first proposed to fix the roads.

Today when the House was called to order there might have been order in the House, but not many lawmakers. The word went out yesterday that there would be no voting and attendance will not be taken, in other words, if you didn’t want to show up, you did not have to.

About seven legislators did attend but some complained about Republicans not working with Democrats to solve this problem.

Democrat Rep. Sam Singh grades Gov. Snyder on the leadership scale. “On roads his leadership is a two,” said Rep. Singh. “He throws out the idea but he can’t bring people together to actually bring consensus on that.”

Republican Rep. Earl Poleski has an opposite view. “I think the governor has exhibited excellent leadership by making a very difficult proposal a long time ago.” Rep. Poleski adds that voters will have to be patient, but “not for much longer.”

It’s been 1,363 days since the governor first called for a solution.

“We’re working on it,” said Rep. Hank Vaupel. “It’s a work in progress and we’re trying to do the right thing not just do something.”

The governor and the house GOP speaker want to raises taxes to fix the roads but can’t find enough votes to do it. “They have a different opinion than I do,” said Republican Rep. Joseph Graves.

And it’s that difference of opinion that explains why this is taking so long.

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