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Lakeshore State Lawmakers Split on Proposed Gas Tax, Vehicle Registration Fee Hikes

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LANSING, MI (WHTC) - Although state lawmakers won’t get the Governor’s proposed fiscal 2014 spending plan until February 7th, some of the ideas presented by Rick Snyder in last week’s State of the State address are being tossed about in Lansing.

What apparently will dominate the discussion up to and beyond the budget presentation is a proposed overhaul of how the state taxes fuel and assesses vehicle registration fees, according to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Haveman of Holland. In an appearance on WHTC's "Talk of the Town" program last Friday, he told host Juke Van Oss and his listeners that increasing both of these levies may be inevitable, but wants to pursue all other options first.

One Republican who will not be on board with the Governor on this is Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge. Yesterday, he told Juke and his listeners during his monthly visit to "Talk of the Town" that he would vote no on both of these proposals, but would agree to have voters decide whether to increase the state's sales tax by one percent, with that extra revenue dedicated solely to roads.

Motorists may not be that happy with the Governor's idea either, especially after an overnight 20-cent-plus gas price spike to a near-uniform $3.59 per gallon.

You can hear the entire segments with Rep. Haveman and Sen. Jones by clicking on this link: http://whtc.com/podcasts/talk-town-juke-van-oss/

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