LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT/AP) — A state budget will proceed without including a long-term funding plan to fix deteriorating roads.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders said Monday they talked over the weekend.READ MORE: Push For Gun-Control Bills Revived After Oxford High School Shooting
To avoid a partial government shutdown, the two will work immediately to set spending targets to get the budget passed by Oct. 1.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 16,530 New COVID-19 Cases, 358 Deaths
They say they agreed to continue talking about road funding “in a meaningful way” but to table associated issues “for the time being.”
Whitmer, who campaigned on a pledge to “fix the damn roads,” had said she would not sign a budget without a “real fix” to significantly boost spending on roads and public education. But she and Republicans were struggling to find a consensus after her proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike went nowhere.MORE NEWS: 15-Year-Old, Ethan Crumbley, Charged As Adult In Tuesday's Shooting At Oxford High School
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