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Lawmakers avoid divulging their vote on tax hike for roads

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Michigan voters will decide the fate of a sales tax increase linked to road improvements because that's what lawmakers proposed after deadlocking on directly raising taxes themselves.

But legislators have mostly kept quiet on what Gov. Rick Snyder says is the state's most pressing issue. Few, in fact, replied to an Associated Press survey asking how they intend to vote May 5.

Thirty-one, or 21 percent, of the Republican-controlled Legislature's 148 members sent back responses to a short email with three questions. Twenty-three came from Democrats. Eight Republicans responded.

Political pundit and former legislator Bills Ballenger says it's "pathetic" more lawmakers won't give their position.

The refrain among Democrats who replied is the plan isn't perfect, but they worry if it's defeated Republicans will divert money from schools for roads.

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