Gov. Rick Snyder makes pitch for passing Prop. 1 in Dearborn

The May elections are less than two months away and the big item on the ballot for the state is a proposed 1 cent tax increase on retail sales tax. On Thursday, Governor Rick Snyder was in Dearborn to make his pitch.

The Governor admits that your first inclination when you see a tax increase is to say no. However, he says, common sense should tell you to say yes. He emphasized his point with two chunks of road that he says are indicative of Detroit's failing infrastructure. 

He held them up and said one was from a road while another was from a bridge. He then asked people to picture one of those chunks going through your windshield and said Michigan roads are putting lives in jeopardy every day. 

Prop one would increase taxes by 1 percent and would raise $1.2 billion to fix the state's roads.

"It will make the system so what you pay at the pump will go to transportation. To do this, without making our gas prices way too high, is to eliminate the retail sales tax on our fuels. When we do that, we create a budget problem; a problem for our kids, for our local governments to provide law enforcement, firefighting, critical services to our communities. That would not be right. So how do we make sure we don't leave a hole? Increase retail sales tax from 6 to 7 percent"

Snyder was asked if the state has a backup plan if the answer is no. He said if that happens, the roads will continue to crumble.

Election Day is May 5 and you can look at the proposal for yourself here.

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