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Gov. Whitmer to visit Waverly High School Tuesday, budget deadline looming

Posted at 5:21 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 05:21:04-04

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be making a stop at Waverly High School Tuesday.

The governor will be meeting with students and staff at the high school around 1 p.m.

The appearance comes as the countdown for Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature to get a budget done ticks away.

The deadline to pass a state budget is Sept. 30.

Gov. Whitmer and top Republicans have been at odds over funding to the fix Michigan's crumbling infrastructure.

The governor is proposing a 45-cent per gallon gas tax hike.

Republicans have repeatedly denied Governor Whitmer's plan.

Last week, a top Democratic lawmaker said the governor's proposed gas tax increase likely would not happen.

House Minority Leader Christine Greig said there are other ways to raise revenue without having to increase the gas tax by as much.

If state officials don't agree on a budget before the deadline, the state government would shut down for the first time since 2009.

Gov. Whitmer and top Republicans have publicly said progress is being made and there's hope a deal can be reached before the deadline.

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