Gov. Whitmer’s Take on Mackinac Policy Conference ’19

It has been a busy week on Mackinac Island.

Today was the last day of the Mackinac Policy Conference, where leaders from across the state gathered to discuss the states issues.

Bags are packed, and the ferries are loaded up as everyone who attended the conference is headed home after a big week here on Mackinac Island.  

The week started with Attorney General Dana Nessel’s vow to shut down Line Five if Governor Whitmer can’t reach a deal.

“I am still talking with Enbridge, my hope is that we have a date certain that pipelines comes out of the water and we’ve got a resolution to this in the very near future,” Gov. Whitmer said. “One way or another that’s a goal I have to bring down the cost of energy for ‘Yoopers.”

Gov. Whitmer says she plans on announcing a task force to focus on the issue soon.

Car insurance took center stage Thursday, with Gov. Whitmer’s signature on the auto insurance reform bill, which both parties supported.

“I don’t recall a bipartisan bill signing like the one that we had yesterday,” Gov. Whitmer. “We’ve worked very hard to create relationships, if you don’t know one another how can you trust negotiate real solutions for people and I think we’ve got incredible momentum and I’m ready to keep that going.”

She wants to keep that momentum to pass a budget with her gas tax increase, a main focus of her keynote address.

“I’m staying focused on the things that aren’t inherently partisan closing the skills gap, educating our kids, cleaning up drinking water, and fixing the damn roads,” Gov. Whitmer said.