GOP lawmakers angry over Whitmer’s ‘end-run’ on road bonds

BY: - February 5, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5 billion road bonding plan was already approved by an administrative board last week, but a GOP-led House committee wanted to talk about it at a hearing Tuesday. The Legislature didn’t have a role in that process. State House Transportation Committee Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann) expressed frustration with the governor’s State of […]


Susan J. Demas: Whitmer puts the GOP on notice in her State of the State speech

BY: - February 1, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s second State of the State speech this week accomplished two things she needed to do after a bumpy first year of divided government: She both acknowledged failure and projected strength. That’s a tough high-wire act for any politician, but especially for a female executive, who always has to worry about pundits sneering […]

Whitmer: Road bonding is like ‘taking out a mortgage to build a new roof’

BY: - January 31, 2020

Roads have been now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature issue since the 2018 campaign — and after a year of tangling with the GOP-led Legislature, she’s found a short-term solution. Her $3.5 billion road bonding plan unanimously passed the state Transportation Commission in a meeting Thursday morning — one week before she’s slated to announce her plan […]

Transportation panel OK’s Whitmer plan for $3.5B in road bonds

BY: - January 30, 2020

Well, that was fast. The morning after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her road bonding plan to help fix the roads, it was unanimously approved by the State Transportation Commission in a meeting Thursday morning. Over the course of five years, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will now increase its budget by $3.5 billion thanks […]

After a year battling Republicans, Whitmer vows executive action on roads, other priorities

BY: and - January 29, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was not shy Wednesday evening about addressing the partisan roadblocks her administration faced over the last year from the Republican-controlled Legislature, which stymied some of her biggest policy goals. The Democratic governor delivered her second State of the State address in the Michigan House chamber, taking a look back at the progress […]

Whitmer expected to unveil road bonding plan in SOS speech

BY: - January 29, 2020

It’s been almost a year since Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked the GOP-led Legislature to OK a 45-cent gas tax hike to inject $2.5 billion into Michigan’s decrepit roads and bridges. That failed to gain traction, so now it looks like it’s on to Plan B — and the “B” stands for bonding. Whitmer is […]