Snyder Optimistic on Roads, Noncommittal on Same-Sex Marriage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

"Asked about his personal position on the issue, Snyder says he hasn't gotten involved because he wants to focus on 'jobs and kids.'"

Gov. Rick Snyder says he remains optimistic about persuading legislators to raise money for Michigan's roads and bridges, but acknowledges the window of opportunity may begin closing in the next few months.
In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press during a conference on Mackinac Island, Snyder said there's a "fair potential" for compromise on the issue. He says it's politically distasteful for both parties to raise taxes.
The Republican governor's call for $1.2 billion in gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees is stalled in the Legislature. Lawmakers are considering using one-time budget surplus funds for roads.
Snyder says improving roads and bridges is essential for the economy. But he says if the matter remains hung up by early fall, it probably will be postponed until after the 2014 election.

Gov. Rick Snyder is sidestepping the debate over whether gay marriage should be allowed in Michigan.
In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press during a Mackinac Island conference, Snyder declined to take a stand on a bill introduced this week in the state Senate that would repeal a ban on gay marriage in the Michigan Constitution. Voters passed the ban in 2004.
The first-term Republican governor says the measure should go through the normal legislative process.
Snyder says as governor he's obligated to respect the state Constitution. But he says if voters decided to change the provision on gay marriage, he'd respect that as well.
Asked about his personal position on the issue, Snyder says he hasn't gotten involved because he wants to focus on "jobs and kids."


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