There's a good reason why the two leaders in the state senate have taken over the last ditch attempt to raise new revenue for the roads and schools. That's because, according to one senate insider, the two leaders in the House, Speaker Jase Bolger and Democratic Leader Tim Greimel are more focused on which party will control the House next year.
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Rep. Greimel (D-Oakland County) was asked to comment on polling data suggesting that a majority of Michigan residents are not eager to raise any new dollars to fix pot-holes and boost funding for school kids. He won't comment on the findings per se but when pressed he was willing to finger the culprits for creating that sour attitude out there.
"There are a lot of reasons to believe that residents are fed-up with the long series of tax increases that Republican legislators have imposed on them... Michigan voters are rightly upset about the fact that they are paying higher taxes to pay for a massive tax cut for big corporations."
While he did not mention Gov. Rick Snyder by name, he didn't have to. Everyone knows it was the governor's idea to slap a pension tax on some senior citizens which is one of themes the Democrats will use to unseat the incumbent.
Mr. Snyder rejects the Greimel broadside as "a partisan comment" as he segues into his contention that Michigan's economy, under his tutelage, "has shown good results and our economy is coming back."
Despite this back and forth, the governor continues to huddle with the four legislative leaders to salvage some revenue but he is not optimistic about reaching his original $1.2 billion objective. He now speaks in terms of "incremental" increases which could be something or nothing. Meanwhile this senate insider figures any movement will depend on whether Mr. Greimel and Mr. Bolger can place their political agenda on hold to deal with public policy first.