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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.

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