LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A top lawmaker says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase is a “nonstarter” for Republicans.
House Speaker Lee Chatfield said Thursday that residents “cannot afford it” and are “furious.” His comments come a day after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey also criticized the Democratic governor’s plan.READ MORE: Chief Search: Detroit Board Of Police Commissioners Agree To Find Candidates
Whitmer says raising gasoline and diesel taxes is the “smartest, quickest” way to generate the $2 billion-plus annually needed to fix roads that will worsen if nothing is done, but she is open to other ideas as long as they provide a “real solution.”READ MORE: Under Proposal N The City Of Detroit Says Demo, Rehab Of Abandon Properties Underway
Chatfield says Michigan should ensure that all taxes paid at the pump go to roads. Much of the sales tax on fuel goes to schools and local governments.
He says House Republicans will propose a road-funding plan.MORE NEWS: Drugstores Offer Pfizer Vaccine For Kids Age 12-15 Under New Approval
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