Voters Frustrated With Lack Of Progress

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

It's been on the board in House Chambers nearly four days now, a vote to raise Michigan's income tax from 3.9% to 4.6%. But even with the lengthy time to vote, about a dozen representatives still haven't decided. It's a delay that's all part of the negotiation process.

"We need to keep this board open this way until we clearly have a bipartisan plan negotiated," said Democratic Representative Mark Meadows of East Lansing.

Those undecided include local democrats like Barb Byrum and Mike Simpson. For the Republicans, Minority Leader Craig Deroche among others.

They're waiting while party leaders from both the House and Senate negotiate behind closed doors...one of the main reasons for the hold up. A hold up that's frustrating voters.

"I'm amazed that they can't get anything done in Michigan," said Bill Amadeo of Lansing. "It's frustrating to all of us."

"Movement is very important at this time," echoed Richard Law. "People have to sit down and talk it out."

Lansing Representative Joan Bauer says constituents continue to contact her office.

"We're getting phone calls. We're getting emails. People are having a hard time understanding why it should take this long."

It's a different story from Republican Representative Rick Jones from Grand Ledge. He and his district say the Democrats are taking too much time.

"I'm not obstructing anything in the house. The democrats have 58 votes. They can pass anything they want. Many of the democrats don't have the courage to vote yes or no. My vote is up there."

Those yellow undecided names on the House board may soon have to go green, in favor or go red against, if Michigan wants to avoid a government shutdown looming on October first.


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