State lawmakers scrap summer break to meet over road fix

New plans are being made for a special summer session for  lawmakers due to the failure of Proposal 1. 

School will be out of session in a few months but the State Senate will possibly be in it - knee deep in legislation to fix these rocky potholes.

"It's nice they're finally going to do something," said Howard Spinner. "Instead of just sitting on their tails."

Lansing could not help but listen. The State Senate is scrapping it's summer break after voters soundly rejected Proposal 1.

"We have some members that had some vacation plans," said State Senator Mike Kowall R-White Lake. "And they were told they were going to have to put them off, move them to another date, change them or cancel them, because there's something more pressing to do.

"That's get this road situation taken care of."

Kowall announced the extra 30 work days between June and September on Tuesday essentially telling colleagues to forget vacation because the roads need work.

"I can't tell you how many times I went down Greenfield Road saying I hope I make it down there without blowing a tire," said Howard Spinner. 

"They have to get together and come up with something real good for the people," said Ngozi Umachi. 

Perceived complexity killed Proposal 1 as funding from a tax hike would have gone to road repairs and almost everything else imaginable.

Kowall says that won't be the case with the roads bill to be crafted this summer if he can help it - and there's a chance it won't include a tax hike.

"What we're going to do is what the Senate wanted to do in the first place and that's look at every aspect of the budget and see what needs to be done first," he said. "Before we bring up the idea of raising new fees or taxes."

But here's the big question - after stalled negotiations, lawmakers passing the buck to voters and $10 million down the drain after that special election for Proposal 1--- did Lansing learn anything?

FOX 2: "A lot of people would say you guys screwed this up, the first go-round and that your colleagues really dropped the ball?" 

"Well that's an interesting way of putting it." Kowall said. "The senate had a plan, we couldn't get it through the house. The house had a plan that couldn't get through the senate because it was taking away from education. 

"I'm pretty confident you're going to see a really good plan coming out of the senate this time."

Democrats like Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Highland Park) say there has to be a tax increase because there isn't enough revenue stream to take care of the roads without hurting other budgets like the school aid fund and for state revenue sharing.

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