No Plan B If Voters Shoot Down Prop 1
LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Governor Rick Snyder is making his final push with Proposal 1 with less than a week before the polls open.
That’s when voters will help decide if the states sales tax should be raised to pay for road fixes.
But, what’s the plan if voters say no?
6 News Nick Perreault caught up with the Governor Snyder to see if there is a plan b.
“If it doesn’t pass, then I describe it as relentless positive action. We’ll just go back to work and come up with another run of solutions,” said Governor Rick Snyder.
Reporter: “What’s been on the drawing plans, there has to be on paper that says we’ll take x amount of dollars from schools, some other area that would pay for this?”
Governor Snyder: “The idea is not to take money from other things, that was part of doing this proposal.”
This proposal seems to be the governor’s only answer.
“We’d just have to go back to work again,” said Governor Snyder.
Reporter: “So there isn’t a plan b then?”
That’s where the governor left us.
“If anything, the legislature this term is even less inclined to solve the problem,” said Gretchen Whitmer, former senator minority leader.
Former senate minority leader Gretchen Whitmer says she’s frustrated it’s come to this, but actually agrees with the governor, this is better than nothing.
“They’re going to start pulling funding from things that really are critical like public safety and our schools, I think that’s a very real concern,” said Whitmer.
So with no clear answer from Governor Snyder, and Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t seem confident the legislature can get something done. 6 News wanted to reach out to the former house fiscal director Mitch Bean to get his take on possible options should Prop 1 fail.
“Part of it’s paid for with shifting revenues from one place to another, and part of it’s raised with eventually going to some kind of wholesale tax,” said Mitch Bean, former director, House Fiscal Agency.
A combination Bean feels of prior house and senate plans is likely. Changing from a cents per gallon tax to a wholesale tax on gas, higher wholesale prices would mean more money for roads.
But that could change year to year and move a big chunk away from school aid fund.
“About $750 million from the school aid fund of less money going to the school aid fund and about $100 million less going to local governments,” said Bean.
Voters will decide in seven days in this game of deal or no deal.