Whitmer criticizes Republicans while addressing the fight to modernize infrastructure

LANSING, MI (WILX) - With her signature priority of fixing the roads stalled in the Legislature, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says it’s time for Republican leaders to ‘get off the dime’ and ‘get moving’ on the issue.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer gave the keynote speech at the 2019 Midwestern Infrastructure Week Summit on Tuesday.

She addressed over 500 organizations about the fight to rebuild and modernize infrastructure nationwide.

The Democrat said Tuesday that fixing roads is the “No. 1 issue” for people, but she’s hearing “crickets” in the Capitol.

She proposed a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase as part of her budget, but it has been rejected by Republicans who currently are focused on cutting auto insurance premiums.

Whitmer, who unveiled her budget more than two months ago, says the first thing lawmakers should be focused on is passing a budget that includes billions more in road funding. She opposes the car insurance legislation.

Copyright 2019 WILX. All rights reserved.