Senate leader calls for vote on ‘last, best’ roads deal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The leader of the Michigan Senate is calling for votes on a “last, best” road-funding deal he says legislative leaders agreed on before talks stalled last week.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said Tuesday that the House, where road bills are, should send the legislation to conference committee. He says the House should “go get the votes.”

A message seeking comment was left for Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter.

Meekhof says the $1.2 billion road-funding plan includes raising the 19-cents-a-gallon state gasoline tax by roughly 6 and a half cents, then boosting it with inflation over time.

Income tax cuts would be triggered if revenues rise by more than inflation. Democrats have balked at an income tax cut, raising concerns about the budget impact and disproportionately aiding the wealthy.

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