Governor brings budget tour to Detroit, asks for help getting GOP to support 45-cent gas tax to fix roads, schools, water
The former chief economist for the Michigan Department of Commerce agrees Michigan needs to spend more on roads, but disagrees that a gas tax is the way to raise the money.
The Republican Senate majority whip blasts Michigan’s Democratic governor’s plan to pay for road repairs by raising the tax on a gallon of gas by 45 cents.
The new governor urges a state spending increase of 3.6 percent, with the centerpiece a 45-cent gas tax hike. She also proposes spending more for schools and to protect drinking water. The budget will test bipartisan pledges with state Republicans.
The Democratic governor wants to add 45 cents atop Michigan’s 26.3 per gallon tax on gas. She’ll propose doing so when she unveils her first state budget proposal Tuesday. Republicans already are criticizing plan.
Reform Proposal A? Raise the sales tax? Boost taxes on rich? As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to unveil her first budget, Lansing officials say it’s time to think big to fix Michigan’s big problems.
A new analysis by the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan offers suggestions to state policymakers looking at ways to pay to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.
The Michigan Department of Transportation cites studies showing as much as $2 billion more a year is needed to maintain the state’s roads. Republicans say new funding should come from existing revenue. Something has to give.
The newly formed Michigan Consensus Policy Project says it intends to pitch bipartisan solutions to the state’s thorniest policy problems. Why not start with roads?
New state revenue estimates show Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won’t have a lot of extra money to work with in her first budget. Lame-duck spending and a 2015 road deal makes the task even trickier.
The new legislative session kicks off this month, and with it, the first test of bipartisanship in an era of divided state government.
Michigan's incoming Democratic governor and the House and Senate Democratic leaders say they are aligned on their top policy goals to pursue in 2019.
Fixing the roads and reforming Michigan’s expensive no-fault auto insurance are issues that both major parties say they want to fix. Republicans say they are willing to work with new Democractic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
We don’t tax groceries. Why do we tax another necessity – fuel for our cars?
Governors can do a lot to improve Michigan. But their administrations often are defined by economies that are influenced by trends beyond state borders.
A series of expert reports on Michigan’s economy and budget, Great Lakes and water management and other issues will help our new governor and legislature address the state’s most critical challenges
The Democratic candidate for Michigan governor skimps on the details in her economic and jobs plans.
The extra money we’re spending now on roads will make a noticeable difference in a few years, says a Michigan business executive.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate predicts he’ll narrowly defeat Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, who he claims “wants to tax everything that moves.” Then, as governor, he’ll focus on fixing the state’s roads.