Governor Whitmer threatens to veto transportation budget bill

Published: Apr. 24, 2019 at 3:55 AM EDT
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A transportation budget moving forward in the state legislation would boost spending to fix Michigan's roads, but Governor Gretchen Whitmer says that plan is not enough.

Governor Whitmer is threatening to veto a state senate budget bill after republicans took out the potential revenue from her proposed 45 cent hike to the gas tax.

The transportation budget advanced by a senate committee would instead speed up 132 million dollars in future road repair spending by fully implementing a 2015 road funding law signed by former governor Rick Snyder.

However, that budget is well below the governor's gas tax plan.

Governor Whitmer says her plan would generate nearly $2 billion a year in new road funding revenue.

She claims that would free up other money for k through 12 schools.

Senate republicans are against the governor's plan to raise fuel prices, which would give the state the highest rate in the country.

They're planning to develop an alternative "Long-term" road funding solution this summer.

Governor Whitmer has said she will not sign a budget that does not include a real plan to fix the roads.

That sets up a potential standoff ahead of an October budget deadline required by the state constitution.

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