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Snyder Makes Push for Ballot Proposal, Road Funding in Kalamazoo

Governor Rick Snyder - file photo
Mike Lanka
WMU University Relations

A final push to convince voters to support a ballot proposal for road funding brought Governor Rick Snyder to Kalamazoo on Friday. 

The governor spoke at an event hosted by Southwest Michigan First. Afterward he told reporters that he believes Proposal One can pass on Tuesday, but he says it depends on turnout. The ballot question would raise Michigan’s sales tax one percent and trigger a series of other laws designed to raise over $1- billion for roads. 

Snyder says if voters rejected the ballot proposal, it’s “back to the drawing board,” but he says the price tag will likely be higher for a road funding package. 

The latest poll on the ballot question shows only 29% of those responding support it. Pollsters for EPIC-MRA told the Detroit Free Press that the people they surveyed don’t want to pay higher taxes and don’t trust state government to spend the money wisely.

Asked about a potential run for President, Snyder declined to answer saying he's proud to be governor of Michigan, and is busy working on a road proposal right now. The governor says he is going around the country, "telling the Michigan story." 

Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.