Skubick: Despite bi-partisan efforts, sales tax re-do unlikely

Skubick: Despite bi-partisan efforts, sales tax re-do seems unlikely

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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

This you gotta see. If lawmakers and the governor can pull this off, pass a hat to be consumed..easy on the mustard.

They are actually going to try by this Thursday to place a constitutional amendment on the May ballot that would re-do the state sales tax. If it gets there, and that is a stretch, and if you said yes, which is dicey, the sales tax would likely be increased from its current 6 percent. This is part of a convoluted and very complex package to repair the roads.

This is a heavy lift because in three days, two-thirds of the house and senate would have to vote yes to place this on the ballot. You normally can't get two thirds on anything unless it is another vacation for lawmakers or an increase in pay.

Yet, despite the long odds, there stood the senate GOP leader suggesting both houses had a shot at this. Come on Sen. Randy Richardville. How long you been around this joint?

Now the press corps chuckled when the new governor and new GOP leadership team said they would pass the budget by June 1. And by jolly they did, but they had three months to do it, not three days!

To make it happen, Democrats will have to participate and they are just now getting use to the notion that the Right to Work fight is over and it might be time to cooperate with the other side.

In fact, GOP Gov. Rick Snyder broke a long standing boycott and actually invited the senate Democratic leader into his office the other day to talk about how the D's can help him on transportation.

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) had to be reminded on how to get to his office, but afterwards she reported a possible exchange that could lead to bi-partisan cooperation.

She thinks there is an issue of "trust" that needs to be solidified but she's willing, if he is.

The D's will want something in return if they go along with this ballot scheme because Democrats view the sales tax as regressive and unfair to the truly needy. They'll need a huge something in return to get over that hump.

Hence, you can see why the chances of eating a hat in this corner are about as remote as Mitt Romney being the EM in Detroit.

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