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Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 2 p.m.

Snyder to talk roads and transit in speech at 3 p.m. today

By Staff

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to propose a high-speed bus network to connect Detroit and Ann Arbor, a proposed wholesale tax on fuel and other state issues during a speech this afternoon, according to reports.

Snyder will lay out his comprehensive transportation agenda during the 3 p.m. speech at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.

He will propose a rapid-transit bus line from downtown Detroit to its suburbs, between downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor (with a stop at Detroit Metro Airport) and along M-59 in Macomb and Oakland counties, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Another proposal expected today is to drop the tax Michigan charges on each gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel in favor of a tax on the wholesale price of fuel, according to The Associated Press.

Snyder also is expected to propose a new vehicle registration fee to improve roads and bus service, the Free Press reported.

Check back with for coverage of Snyder's speech.



Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 8:13 p.m.

The governor is actually raising your awareness of taxes that you would pay regardless. Instead of the businesses collecting the taxes they charge you for goods and services to pay for the taxes imposed by our elected officials, the governor is letting you pay them directly saving businesses the overhead expense of doing so. The reason government taxes businesses is because they aren't organized enough to scream about it so they make easy targets and it keeps the real taxpayers - you, unaware and in the dark as to how much you are paying in taxes already. Just remeber businesses do not pay taxes, they collect them from you in the cost of their products and then send the money to feed the governments insatiable appetite for more of your money. This guy is a lot more of a tax and spend Republican than I thought. I'm disappointed in that.

Mike K

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 8:08 p.m.

We need to recall this tax and spend liberal and all his pro union liberal tax and spend buddies.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 7:48 p.m.

I hope he gets the roads fixed before he get those hogh speed busses on them. Even the recently rebuilt I-94 is starting to chunk out.

Wolf's Bane

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 6:57 p.m.

1.8 Billion in tax cuts to benefit the job creators. Thanks Snyder.

John Q

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 4:10 p.m.

Big deal, Snyder gets rid of the tax credits and gives businesses an 80% cut in taxes. Next up will be another big tax cut in the personal property tax. Meanwhile, millions of individual taxpayers are seeing their taxes go up thanks to Snyder.

Mike K

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 8:10 p.m.

There's more too it. Much more to it. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 6:35 p.m.

Its too bad he is not proposing a tax on electric and/or Hybrid cars. You figure if the owners can afford one of those types of cars than they can afford to pay a little extra to save Michigan and the Planet!

Mike K

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

Well, they cost a lot and 6% sales tax is levied.

John Q

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.

What do you think a registration fee is?


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 7:01 p.m.

Uh, that makes very little sense.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 6:19 p.m.

High speed bus service. Higher than the 70 MPH allowed at this time? Will there be a dedicated high speed road for the high speed buses? Regarding the vehicle registration fee. How about we pay based upon the number of miles we use and abuse the roads. I shouldn't have to pay as much for my commute as someone who drives a long distance. Just a little record keeping but with all the automation....


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 6:11 p.m.

&quot;Snyder also is expected to propose a new vehicle registration fee&quot; Call it what it is. A vehicle TAX. Cut taxes on the companies that use large trucks that DESTROY the roads and increase taxes on the individuals who own cars. Lets increase the registration on all semi tractor trailers. Passenger automobiles do not destroy roads.

John Q

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 4:11 p.m.

&quot;Snyder ends benefits to lawmakers... They're typically rich and can afford it.&quot; Actually not. He ends the benefit for a small number of lawmakers who will lose out under the law. Most currently serving and those who have served in the past get to keep their generous benefits.

Mike K

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 8:16 p.m.

Snyder ends benefits to lawmakers... They're typically rich and can afford it. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 6:54 p.m.

This is how Snyder works folks. Tax the middle and lower class and give tax breaks to business owners and trucking companies. This shouldn't surprise anyone!!