Skubick: Road vote stalls in senate

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – A vote was expected in the senate Tuesday on the latest efforts to fund a fix for the state’s roads, but lawmakers left for the day without taking action.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick tells us what happened, what didn’t happen and what’s next.

Early Tuesday morning the drill was that the Senate Republicans were going to pass the house plan with a couple of language changes, nothing major send it back over to the House. Then the plan would be send to the Governor and the road fix would be done. Well a funny thing happened on the way to fixing it.

The measure went to the Senate Republican caucus where it ran into opposition and at this read the Republican leadership is a couple of votes short of coming up with the 20 votes they need to pass the House plan. Here’s part of the problem, Democrats certainly don’t like it because they claim it’s a fix that’s not a fix.

“What this plan does basically is increase taxes, but it doesn’t solve the problem. So we’ll increase taxes, the roads will still be bad and we’ll cut funding for schools and higher education. I’m not going to vote for that,” said State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr., (D) Meridian Township.

And a State Republican said the same thing. We’re raising taxes, but not fixing the roads, so he continues to be a no vote.

“There is plenty wrong with it. First of all it’s… massive, it’s a $400 million increase in automobile registration fees. I don’t think I need to say more. Everyone’s registration fees for their cars will go up 40 percent,” said State Senator Jack Brandenburg, (R), Macomb County.

Reporter: “That’s too much?”
Senator Brandenburg: “I think so.”

And with that attitude the package is stalled as the leadership looks for those way word votes who aren’t there yet.

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