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

Posted: 11:51 AM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 11:51:50-04

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.”