Get ready to hear the complaints, allegations of shortsightedness and expressions of frustration. Gov. Rick Snyder’s bid to get the state legislature to double Michigan’s fuel tax just six months prior to the November election failed, flamed out and fizzled. It was perhaps a predictable flop.
From a strictly “politics of the moment” perspective the effort failed because the Democrats weren’t willing to share ownership of the increase with the Governor while letting most Republican lawmakers vote against it. Precisely why Republican leaders thought the issue could play-out otherwise remains a mystery. No doubt Lansing insiders are already telling tales of how close legislative leaders and Snyder came to cutting a deal. It is likely the final deal-killer was the last of a string of demands made by the Democrats.