Governor Snyder’s biggest goal this year seems to be improving the state’s roads and bridges.
He said during his State of the State address last night that it will take about 1.2-billion more dollars each year. He says that will take an increase in gas taxes and vehicle registration fees, about $120 extra per car each year. 16th District Republican State Senator Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale says he’s heard repeatedly from his constituents that they would rather see, by a wide margin, a one-cent increase in the sales tax, rather than fee and tax hikes, to fund the improvements. However, Caswell adds that it would take a vote of the people to boost the sales tax.
Democrats point out that its heavy trucks and industry who do most of the damage to the roads, not the family van. Caswell said he was also encouraged to hear the Governor focus on mental health and how it’s delivered. Caswell said issues concerning mental health and the working poor and those on Medicaid need attention and it’s clear the help has to come upfront before they land in the criminal justice system, whether it be children and or adults.