Governor Whitmer Delivers First Keynote Address

With auto insurance reform behind them, Governor Gretchen Whitmer says it’s time for the legislature to tackle the next big issue facing the state, roads.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer used her keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference to talk about her cornerstone campaign issue; fixing roads.  

The governor underscored her point by showing a video she took driving from Traverse City to Mackinaw City.

“As you can see it is riddled with potholes years of patching and it looks like a third world country going from Traverse City, Michigan to Mackinaw, our roads are terrible and they’re down right dangerous,” said Whitmer.

But it’s not just roads the governor says needs attention, bridges are also high on her priority list.

“In Charlevoix there’s a drawbridge and anyone who’s been across it knows it’s beautiful and sometimes is holds you up because there is maritime traffic, but the drawbridge keeps getting stuck and so it not only impedes road traffic it impedes maritime traffic right now too,” said Whitmer.

And when it comes to paying for all of this, the governor still believes a gas tax is the way to go.

“I don’t want to raise the gas tax, but this is the problem that we’re confronting as a state and no more phony solutions every time we don’t tackle this it gets more expensive and more dangerous and so this is a real solution to get this done it raised the $2.5 billion in the form of a user fee,” said Whitmer.

The governor says she would like to reach a deal with the legislature on roads and the budget in the next couple of months.