March 21, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's venture capitalist-turned-governor, Rick Snyder, needed just five months in office to slash his state's business taxes. Elected on the downside of the recession, he was among a crop of new Republican leaders eager to show they could boost their states' ailing economies with lower taxes.
But two years later, confronting one of the automobile-addicted state's most visible problems — crumbling roads — Snyder has roiled conservatives by calling for a major tax increase.
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