As negotiations on the state budget continue to languish, state Rep. Bronna Kahle, of Adrian, today spoke in support of a compromise that would fix Michigan roads without forcing residents to pay Gov. Whitmer’s proposed 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase.
“The governor has toured the state sharing her 45-cent gas tax proposal, so she certainly understands by now that it’s not the plan Michigan families and seniors want or can afford,” Kahle said. “I am listening to the voices of our friends and neighbors and continue to work on a roads plan that truly works for everyone. As Lenawee County residents know, the roads that need the greatest amount of help are from driveway to highway. Unfortunately, not a dollar of the governor’s 45-cent per gallon gas tax proposal will touch the roads in front of most of our neighborhoods and homes. We shouldn’t pit urban against rural. I believe we can do better for the people of Michigan and still fix the roads.”
In June, the House approved a budget plan that adds more than $800 million a year to road repairs without a tax increase and raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance by $180, affecting a majority of Michigan school districts. All districts statewide would receive at least $90 more per student as part of a $226 million increase in the K-12 budget.