Whitmer says hers is only serious roads plan

Jun 20, 2019

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has yet to hear a serious alternative to her proposal to boost the fuel tax to pay for road repairs. She says any plan that does not raise new revenue for roads is not acceptable.

Governor Whitmer addressed a small business convention, where she said Michigan’s been moving around pots of money without actually increasing spending on roads and bridges. And now she says Michigan’s roads are ranked among the worst in the country.

“This 40 years of disinvestment has really undermined important fundamentals to making a good life here in Michigan. And I believe we are now at a point where we’ve got to make a choice.”

The governor has called for a 45-cent-per-gallon increase in the fuel tax. She says a different plan to divert revenue from the sales tax on fuel to roads is not acceptable. She says that’s because it would cut money for schools.

I’m Rick Pluta in Lansing