State Democratic Leader: 45-cent tax hike is dead, other options must be in mix

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top Democratic lawmaker says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase is dead, and proposals such as raising the corporate income tax and taxing heavy trucks must be in the mix.

House Minority Leader Christine Greig said Thursday that with majority Republicans vehemently opposing the 45-cent plan, there are alternative ways to raise revenue without having to increase the gas tax by as much.

Whitmer, a Democrat, has defended her plan while saying she is open to alternatives, adding that Republicans have yet to propose a viable alternative.

Greig says the important thing is to generate $2.5 billion to fix the roads.

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  • Pips

    What about taxing the poor and homeless? Why do they get a pass on everything? Why always go after those contributing the most?

  • steve

    Whitless wasn’t going to budge on the gas tax increase. Any increase like that is meaningless to someone who lives in a state owned home, and gets to and from work in a state owned vehicle that no doubt burns taxpayer funded gasoline. Oh, she feels the pain just like you and me, but her and her husband’s joint annual income that probably exceeds $300,000, makes things just a little easier. To those of us that live on Social Security, she feels our pain.

  • Matt

    “It never enough”! screams the socialist. “Now give me more of your money or I will send an officer to your house to extort you if you don’t”

  • Rj

    It’s not a Democratic leader or lawmaker its a Democrat, big difference that most in the media just can’t seem to understand. The Democrats or the progressive (lazy communist) party is as far from a democratic process as one can be. The progressive governor will find a way to raise money like Jennifer the drunk Granholm did.

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