More than half of survey respondents who voted no on Proposal 1 said they believed the initiative gave tax money away to too many other things.
The public’s trouncing of a lawmaker-proposed constitutional amendment to upgrade Michigan roads leaves Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators searching for an alternative.
State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, told WWJ legal analyst Charlie Langton he wants to tap the state’s catastrophic fund, which has $20 billion in it, to fund road repairs.
With Proposal 1 falling badly, it will now be up to lawmakers in Lansing to start over and come up with a plan to fund road repairs.
It was a happy night in Troy on Tuesday, where opponents of Proposal 1 gathered to watch election results.
Snyder, who traveled across the state to explain the plan and urge its passage, conceded that it was dead shortly after all polls closed.
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Snyder was joined by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and labor and church leaders at Eastern Market to promote the Proposal One’s passage.
Eric Lupher, the president of the non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan, said that changes in the gas tax mean Proposal 1 would cost drivers more at the pump as well.
Voters decide on Tuesday whether to hike the sales tax in order to fund transportation projects and protect education funding.