Showdown looming between Gov. Snyder, GOP on tax breaks
LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - Right after Labor Day, lawmakers come back to Lansing after a long summer break.
But as lawmakers gear up to reform auto no-fault laws, the governor and the legislature are at odds when it comes to tax breaks.
This is the third time this year we've seen a big fight in Lansing over your taxes.
This time it has all to do with tax cuts, and Governor Rick Snyder's unwillingness to sign off on them.
Right now, if you buy a car in Michigan, you get taxed on the car you buy, and again when you trade it in.
The majority of lawmakers felt people were getting taxed double, so they passed a bill to give people tax relief.
But Governor Snyder vetoed that bill, explaining in this letter that the move wouldn't be fiscally prudent, and would create a financial strain on the budget.
But now lawmakers say they have the votes to override the governor's veto.
"In my opinion the state is getting more than their fair share out of the car sales tax," said Representative Tom Barrett (R-Potterville).
Rep. Barrett doesn't see eye-to-eye with Governor Snyder on tax policy.
He wants to repeal the pension tax, and he says he'll vote to override the governor's veto on Senate bills 94 and 95.
"An impact for a regular household could be savings a couple hundred bucks or so on a purchase of a vehicle which makes Michigan auto dealers a little bit more competitive if people are looking at where they are going to go to purchase a vehicle," he said.
While republicans plan a veto override, Governor Snyder is finding friends on the other side of the aisle.
"I think Governor Snyder has tried to do some good things, but he has been at odds with his party," said Representative Tom Cochran (D-Lansing).
Cochran says he'll vote against the veto override because the bills, he says, would take away money from schools.
"Eventually it will take about $300 million out of the funds for school aid and local revenue sharing," he said.
It's very rare for lawmakers to override a governor's veto--it's only been done three times. But a lot of people in the house feel this is going to happen.
If it does, it could set a adversarial tone between the legislature and the governor for the rest of the year.