Michigan leaders asking for 'yes' vote on Proposal One for roads

There's no question that our roads are in terrible shape. But where does the state get the money to fix them? Leaders from across Michigan want it to come from your pocket. They want you to vote 'yes' on Proposal One.

"Can you imagine one of these coming through your windshield?" asked Gov. Rick Snyder .

Holding chunks of concrete in both hands, one from a crumbling road, the other from a bridge, Governor Rick Snyder makes his pitch for Proposal One in Dearborn Thursday. 

"When you're swerving to miss that pothole, or if you're hitting that pothole, you're at risk and we need to solve that," said Gov. Snyder.

If approved by voters on May 5, Proposal One would increase Michigan's sales tax from six to seven percent and raise about $1.2 billion for road repairs.

Gov. Snyder said, "It's something we've talked about for years but we failed to do. We can do it now."

Public safety officials, Dearborn's Mayor and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans showed support for Proposal One Thursday.

"We've had neglected it, this is the time to fix it. This bill is the only option we have now to fix it," said Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.

Having no plan B is just one of the issues former state representative Tom McMillin has with the proposal.

"The money is there and today they're kicking off the scare tactics and we're going to see more of that," said former state representative Tom McMillin. He's also with the group Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan.

So are you willing to cough up more cash to fix terrible roads like these? The latest statewide survey had the 'yes' vote at 37-percent.. 

While all can agree, it's quite a bumpy ride down Michigan roads, Snyder and supporters of the proposal say it's not as complex as it seems and it will help solve the budget problem.

"Is it easy to vote for a tax increase? Absolutely not. Your inclination is to say no, common sense though says yes," said Gov. Snyder.

But Critics say, new taxes of nearly $200 per person, per year, isn't the answer.

"We all know the roads are bad but there's plenty other plans out there," said McMillin.
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