Whitmer says she, GOP leaders ‘desperate’ to avoid shutdown

Lansing, Mich.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she and Republican legislative leaders are “desperate” to avoid a government shutdown, and she may propose a stopgap budget measure as long as there are “good-faith” negotiations about spending more to fix the roads.

The Democrat helped to inspect a Lansing bridge Monday, her latest effort to bring attention to deteriorating infrastructure. She says she met with GOP leaders Friday and anticipates seeing their road-funding counterproposal in the next week or so.

Her proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase, unveiled in March, has gone nowhere in the Republican-led Legislature. The next fiscal year starts Oct. 1, and lawmakers have not finalized a budget due to the impasse over road funding.

Whitmer says “we’ve got to get serious about negotiating.”

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2 comments

  • Brian

    How about we quit paying all the legislative leaders. Look at the boost to the budget we will get then. Also would be great if we quit wasting time patching potholes and fixed the roads correctly. Patching the potholes the way the state does is just throwing money at the issue but never actually fixing it.

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