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Gov. Snyder takes the sales tax increase campaign down on the farm

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Supporters of a proposed state sales tax hike are taking their campaign to Michigan’s farmers.

Tuesday, Michigan voters will decide on a ballot proposal that will increase the state sales tax from 6% to 7%. Most of the money raised through the ballot question will go to fix Michigan’s roads. 

Governor Snyder met yesterday with agri-business leaders in Genesee County to make his pitch for the May 5th vote. 

The governor joked about the potholes on the road his bus took to get to the farm. 

“I found them not just by seeing them, but I felt them through another part of my anatomy,” Snyder told the audience. 

Snyder says Michigan’s farmers know how bad the roads are. 

Bill Hunt farms 11,000 acres.  He supports increasing the sales tax because he says crumbling roads are costing his business. 

“We have to be really careful, the shoulders are bad. We have tire issues with our equipment,” says Hunt. 

Hunt says many other farmers are leery of raising the sales tax.   

A spokesman for the campaign opposing the sales tax hike says they're meeting with their supporters this week and preparing to get out the vote May 5th.  

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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