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Whitmer says she’s preparing alternate roads plan

Road patch photo

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will present new ideas this week to raise more revenue to fix roads and bridges in Michigan.

The governor’s proposal last year to increase the state’s fuel tax by 45 cents a gallon landed with a thud in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Her efforts to force a vote on the question were unsuccessful and led to a standoff with the Legislature that delayed completing the budget.

Whitmer says she has at least one other idea that she’ll roll out Wednesday in her State of the State address.

“I’m going to tell you what the next chapter is on the quest to fix the roads.

A report in Crain’s Detroit Business says she may attempt to bypass the Legislature by issuing bonds.

The governor would neither confirm nor deny that possibility.

I’m Rick Pluta