Gov. Whitmer Pushing to ‘Triage’ Michigan Roads, May Seek Alternate Plans for Funding

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is pushing to “triage” Michigan’s roads ahead of her State of the State address.

Last year, she proposed a 45-cent gas tax to generate $2 billion, but the plan was rejected by the GOP controlled legislature.

This $2 billion would have met MDOT’s estimate to improve the state’s roads.

The department projects if its funding stays at current levels, only 43% of major roads will be rated in “good” or “fair” conditions by 2029.

Many of Michigan’s Republican leaders’ private counter-proposals to the 45-cent tax were based on ending sales tax on fuel and passing an equal per-gallon tax increase.

This would increase revenue for roads but cut it for schools and municipalities, a move Governor Whitmer strongly opposes.

She says she is open to finding different funding options to fix the state’s roadways.

Some political analysts believe the governor might plan to sell bonds to increase road funding.

Republican Mike Shirkey, the State Senate Majority Leader, says it would be one of his last options but says he is not ruling out anything out.

Governor Whitmer is expected to share details of her new plan following her speech.

The State of the State address is scheduled for January 29.