Gov. Rick Snyder lays out budget
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:13:37 GMT —
Rick Snyder is asking Michigan lawmakers to raise the gas tax, expand Medicaid to more uninsured and put more money into early childhood education.
The Republican governor on Thursday unveiled his proposed $50.9 billion budget to lawmakers who sit on budget committees.
A major piece includes a call to raise the state gasoline tax from 19 cents a gallon to 33 cents and increase vehicle registration fees to fix ailing roads and bridges. Snyder says doing nothing will cost Michigan more down the line.
A typical family would pay $120 more per car each year if the changes go into effect.
Snyder argues that not extending Medicaid would harm people who are too poor to qualify for taxpayer-subsidized health insurance offered through online exchanges.