LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder and a legislative leader met today in an attempt to resolve differences related to proposed tax incentives designed to boost large-scale business expansions in Michigan.
Snyder and House Speaker Tom Leonard – both Republicans – discussed the “Good Jobs” legislation. The private meeting comes a day before lawmakers hold a rare voting session amid a summer recess.
Snyder is pushing for approval of the bills, especially as Michigan vies to be the site of a U.S. plant planned by Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn. He says companies are making decisions this summer and opportunities would “likely disappear” if the GOP-led Legislature doesn’t act.
Leonard canceled a vote three weeks ago.
He’s concerned Snyder agreed to scuttle Republicans’ labor union-related legislation in exchange for Democrats’ support for the tax breaks. Snyder says it makes sense for him to negotiate with Republicans and Democrats on bills.
Leonard says he had a “very constructive conversation” with Snyder, declining to elaborate.