gas tax

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Susan J. Demas: How bad is the budget? Experts say Michigan could run $4B short next year.

BY: - April 10, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to skyrocketing unemployment and bred an almost-certain recession, nationwide and in Michigan. Recessions lead to budget shortfalls, which means cuts to, well, usually everything in the state: schools, infrastructure, public safety, the safety net and more. How bad is it going to get? Well, I’ve been covering Michigan budgets for […]

Flint water crisis flagged in Dem presidential infrastructure forum

BY: - February 17, 2020

LAS VEGAS — America is falling apart.  No, not metaphorically speaking — though several Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail would point to the actions of President Trump to argue differently.  With thousands of bridges classified structurally deficient, roads in desperate need of repair, gaps in transportation systems and cities that aren’t equipped to […]

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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 […]

No, pot money still won’t fill Michigan’s potholes — not even close

BY: - January 28, 2020

Last year, one of the most popular rejoinders to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cent gas tax increase to fix the roads was just use tax revenue from marijuana sales to solve the problem instead. Now Whitmer is set to give her State of the State address Wednesday and will outline her plan for next year’s […]

Meanwhile in Republican Ohio … roads, bridges to see improvements with new gas tax money

BY: - January 12, 2020

Tim Schumm is already looking forward to spring.  County engineers like him also serve as amateur meteorologists. Forget baseball. Spring means it’s paving season, and the Henry County official knows the recent influx of gas tax revenue will help to get an extra 11 miles of road paved this spring. His office couldn’t have paid […]

Whitmer likely ditching 45-cent gas tax, as ‘worst pothole season in recent memory’ looms

BY: - December 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature pledge to “fix the damn roads” will have to wait until 2020, as she and the GOP Legislature never hammered out a plan — they barely agreed to a budget deal — and lawmakers are gone for the year. But she’s not ready to reveal her new plan yet. Speaking with […]