LANSING (WWJ) – On the last full day of work before a summer break, Governor Rick Synder is pushing the legislature to finalize a new medical claims tax.
It’s a one percent surcharge on all medical services in the state that would raise about $140 million to keep the Medicaid system afloat. However, in the Michigan Senate, Macomb County republican Jack Brandenberg tells WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick that he’s not enamored with it at all. “If indeed it is proven to me that it does cost $140 million more, can’t vote for it,” he says. And when asked if it sounded like a tax hike, Brandenberg says, “yes, it does.”
The governor says he needs this tax to plug a $1.2 billion hole in the state budget.
Meanwhile, it’s going to be a long break from the state capitol for lawmakers who will leave for two months after they adjourn Thursday.
Former Governor Jennifer Granholm once criticized lawmakers for the vacation, however Governor Snyder says they’ll still be working. “They’re not really taking time off, they’re back working in their districts which is part of the normal tradition,” says Snyder.