Gov. Snyder may be at odds with state GOP over tax rollback

Gov. Rick Snyder may be on a collision course with members of his own party early this year over legislative attempts to rollback the state income tax rate. 

It appears he and some conservative Republicans are not on the same page on putting more money back in your pocket. 

There was no hint last week at the governor's swearing in ceremony that he and some Republicans may be headed for trouble over a proposal to slice the state income tax rate.

But there were some  legislators in the audience who believe voters were promised an income tax rollback year ago and residents are still waiting.

There was a law to reduce the rate to 3.9 percent but during his first year in office, Snyder put that on hold.

However conservative GOP lawmakers in the new year, want to lift the pause button.  Macomb County Sen. Jack Brandenberg (R) will be at the head of that line.

But Snyder calls an income tax rollback a "very difficult" thing to do because of problems with the rest of the state budget.

"We can see some budget challenges over the next year, not because of the economy we're growing well in Michigan," Snyder said. "But because of past practices, those old tax credits, battery credits we have to pay those. That's going to make it more difficult to simply do tax reductions."

And just to make sure everyone understands what the governor is saying, this follow-up question..

Tim Skubick: "So don't get excited about any tax rollback?" 

"I wouldn't put that on the first thing to do list that's going to be feasible," Snyder said.

But listen to the new Senate GOP leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) who concedes you do have to consider the overall state of the economy and the budget before making any tax cuts.

"He said the same thing about right to work," Meekhof said. "Everything can be possible."

But if Snyder and some GOP lawmakers start 2015 with a major disagreement over a tax rollback, how happy of a new year will it be for the newly installed governor?
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