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Pro Right-to-Work group now targeting Governor's road plan

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The conservative group that pushed for Michigan to become a Right-to-Work state wants Governor Snyder to drop his call for higher taxes to pay for repairing Michigan’s roads.

The governor wants the Legislature to approve higher gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees to raise more than a billion dollars to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

Scott Hagerstrom is the state director of Americans for Prosperity. He says Michigan shouldn’t be raising taxes.

“We already have the fifth highest tax on gasoline in the country,” says Hagerstrom, “And under his proposal, we would have the highest tax on gasoline in the country.”

Hagerstrom says state lawmakers should instead use this year’s budget surplus, along with cuts to education and state employee paychecks to fund the governor’s road construction plan.

Americans for Prosperity plans to hold a series of public meetings around the state in the coming weeks.

Lawmakers say they want to finalize next year’s state budget by June 1st.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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