Grand Haven Tribune: A deal to fix Michigan’s roads looks to roll into summer, at least

April 13, 2019

Grand Haven Tribune


The debate over how to pay to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads likely will stretch into summer.

That’s when Republican lawmakers in the Senate say they anticipate being ready to publicly share their alternative to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to raise gas taxes by 45 cents per gallon to raise the extra $2.5 billion needed annually for roads. The House, meanwhile, has not committed to a specific deadline to release its road-funding plan.

Whitmer, a Democrat, kicked the road-funding ball firmly into the Legislature’s court when she presented her 2020 budget in March, telling lawmakers that through a single vote, they can provide funding for roads, public schools and clean drinking water.