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Democratic House Leader says Whitmer’s 45 cent fuel tax plan effectively dead

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Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Gasoline prices are expected to take another big leap this week in Michigan.

State House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) doesn’t think the governor’s proposed 45 cent fuel tax increase will ever happen.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a fellow Democrat, proposed the hike in her budget proposal back in March as a way to raise money for the roads.

Greig says Democrats are trying to work with Republicans to put together a roads plan and a state budget.

“I’m not going to do a hypothetical on 45 cents. We’ve had a lot of conversation that that’s probably the extreme that won’t happen,” says Greig.

Greig says the way negotiations have gone with Republicans, the fuel tax isn’t going to happen.

“So that’s why House Democrats have continually put forth other ideas that are more fair share budget, that everyone is coming to the table, putting some skin in the game,” she says.

Greig says lawmakers need to come up with other options to pay for the roads. She says that’s because the Republican majority’s resistance makes the plan effectively dead.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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