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Whitmer says she won't sign budget without "real" road funding solution

Posted: 8:26 AM, Apr 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-04 12:26:15Z

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer is reiterating that she will not sign a state budget unless it includes new money for Michigan's roads.

In her budget presentation at the beginning of the month, Governor Whitmer proposed a 45 cent increase in the gas tax.

She's asking republicans who opposed it to come to the table with their own plan.

"It's got to be $2.5 billion in infrastructure. It's got to be dedicated to roads and bridges, not hoping that a future legislature spends the money on roads and bridges. So that's why I concluded and put the solution I did on the table and until we have a budget that's actually balanced, no one should leave town," said Governor Whitmer.

The governor has the power to veto any one line of a budget bill.

Lawmakers are required to have a balanced budget in place by October 1.

Legislators are on a spring break right now; session resumes April 9.

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