Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she already has the support of two Republican leaders in the House and Senate for delaying the state's income tax rollback for six months. Now she's asking GOP chairwoman Betsy DeVos to stop speaking out against the delay.
Ms. DeVos opposes the rollback and has been critical of the state Senate's vote in favor of it. Now she's urging Republican House members to oppose it.
The governor says painful cuts will be necessary if the rollback isn't approved to help balance the state's budget shortfall.
The House vote is scheduled for next Wednesday. If approved the state income tax would drop a tenth of a point to 3.9-percent next July and save the state $77 million. If it isn't approved, the rollback takes effect Jan. 1.