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Governor Whitmer may call for a variety of funding sources for roads fix

Road in need of repair.
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she thinks it will take a mixture of funding sources to come up with enough money to fix Michigan’s roads and infrastructure.

That’s after her call last year for a 45-cent per gallon fuel tax increase went nowhere in a Legislature controlled by Republicans.

“The fuel tax was the smartest way to do it. It was dedicated to actually fixing the infrastructure problem so that no one would play games with it in the future and it’s a user fee,” Whitmer says. “That’s what made it a superior choice. But at this juncture, it’s the only thing that’s really been put out there.”

The governor said Monday the condition of roads and infrastructure in Michigan is getting worse.  And she says she’s willing to put toll roads and bond sales on the table for discussion.

“The magnitude of the problem we’re confronting is so big, there are probably going to have to be a number of things that have to come together for us to actually meet the needs of our infrastructure in Michigan.”

Whitmer will deliver her second State of the State address on January 29.

She will present her budget proposal the following week.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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