Michigan Republicans Propose Road Funding Plan

In less than two weeks, Michigan’s government will be partially shut down if lawmakers cannot agree on a budget.

Thursday, they agreed on a school budget. Now they are picking up a plan to fix the state’s crumbling roads.

The plan won approval in committee late Thursday night.

It ignores the governor’s 45 cents a gallon fuel tax hike.

Instead Republicans want to take $400 million in general funds and use it in the transportation budget to fix roads.

It’s part of an overall spending plan of $5.5 billion, but Governor Gretchen Whitmer says it’s not serious enough.

It’s about $400 million less than what Governor Whitmer wanted with her fuel tax increase.

Governor Whitmer did agree to table that plan for now to avoid a shutdown.