- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The top Republican in Michigan’s Senate say his chamber will engage in a “long, deliberative process” to find another way to improve roads after voters resoundingly defeated a sales tax increase this week.

Republican Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said Thursday he’s taking no options off the table, including a tax hike. The Senate voted last year to increase fuel taxes, but the House balked.

Meekhof says some voters opposed Proposal 1’s tax hikes, others thought it was confusing and others didn’t like how it had components unrelated to roads.

House Speaker Kevin Cotter has suggested taking restricted funds designated for specific purposes and diverting them to roads. But Meekhof expressed skepticism with the idea.

He says senators “most likely” will work on road funding over their regular summer break.

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