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Ahead of possible Senate road funding vote, Gov. Snyder sounding more open to plan

Inside the Michigan Senate
Lester Graham
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Michigan Radio
The Michigan Senate chamber. Democratic Party leaders will name a replacement tonight for their 20th district candidate.

The state Senate could vote Tuesday on a proposal to boost road funding.

Ahead of that vote, Gov. Rick Snyder appears to be warming to the plan which would make big cuts to the state budget.

Snyder says he’s glad the state House voted on the road funding legislation last week. That $1 billion plan diverts $600 million from the state’s general fund and includes a possible rollback in the state’s income tax rate.

Snyder has been tepid about similar cuts in past plans.

But he notes the new proposal pushes those cuts farther into the future.

“Well, I'm concerned about it,” said Snyder. “But what we’re doing now is looking at our budget forecasts for the future – what years they’re looking at – because they have gone farther out to the future. So, I think they took some positive steps.”

And he acknowledges that any boost in road funding will require a lot of significant budget cuts.

“It’s whatever is the best answer and what’s an answer that we can get done.”

Democrats have criticized the plan. They say it’s fiscally irresponsible and would make cuts to critical state programs.

The governor says his office is reviewing the proposal. He has not said whether he’d sign it if it gets to his desk.