Better Roads And Higher Wages: GOP Leader States Case For Both

May 21, 2014

By Pat Batcheller

"I'm gonna guess that probably three out of four people that I talk to say 'yeah, I'll pay more, just fix the roads.'"

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe).

The leader of the Michigan Senate says he’s heard loud and clear from constituents—they want their roads fixed. And he’s willing to entertain higher taxes to raise up to $1.5 billion more for road repairs. Governor Rick Snyder says it’ll take at least $1.2 billion more annually to maintain Michigan’s roads and bridges. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville is gauging support for phasing in higher fuel taxes to fix the roads. WDET’s Pat Batcheller asked the Senator what he has in mind. They also talked about Richardville's proposal to raise the state's minimum wage, and take the steam out of a petition drive to put an even higher wage on the November ballot. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.