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Voters may decide on sales tax increase for Michigan roads

Posted at 10:46 AM, Dec 18, 2014

LANSING, Mich. — After several meetings, Gov. Rick Snyder and other state lawmakers announced Thursday that voters will decide if the sales tax should be raised to fund Michigan’s roads.

If the proposal passes the state legislature with a 2/3 vote, Michigan voters will then decide whether or not to increase the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.

Lawmakers met with Gov. Snyden on several other occasions in the past few days to discuss road funding. The governor wants to raise $1.2 billion a year over the next 10 years in order to pay for needed repairs.

A number of proposals were on the table, including increasing the gas tax. Instead, some lawmakers  suggested a plan that would divert money away from public schools and local governments.