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Wed March 30, 2011
Snyder and Republican leadership to outline progress on budget tomorrow
Governor Rick Snyder will join House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville at a press conference tomorrow.
They plan to outline the progress they’ve made closing a $1.5 billion budget shortfall.
But it may be a little awkward, because Snyder still has not reached a deal with House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville on his plan for major tax reforms.
Snyder says he hopes the Legislature adopts his plan to tax pensions, and eliminate the business tax in favor of a corporate income tax on profits, but he says he is not pushing his plan too hard just yet.
"Well I’m not leaning on anyone," said Snyder. "I’m having a positive discussion, as I always like to have, about how we can work best together. And I think good partnership opportunities there, and we’re going to continue that dialogue. We’re making positive progress."
A House panel is debating tax plans similar to what Governor Snyder wants.
Leaders in the state Senate are talking about alternatives to Snyder’s plan.
So far, the budget plans include salary restraints on public employees and requiring them to pay more for their benefits.
Some lawmakers say members of the Legislature should take pay cuts and pay more of their benefits too.
But Governor Snyder is staying out of those salary debates.
"Well, we’re three branches of government, and I look at it as they take an opportunity for leadership in an area that affects them. We have more than enough to do in the executive branch."
Snyder has been criticized for paying salaries as large as $250,000 to some of his cabinet members.
Snyder is a self-made millionaire who takes an annual government salary of one dollar.