State Rep. Graham Filler of DeWitt today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget proposal:
“Michigan is No. 1 for all wrong reasons when it comes to the cost of driving, and the governor’s proposed 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase would make things even worse. It would force Michigan drivers to pay the highest gas taxes in the United States – and that’s not something we want to be known for.
“Michigan drivers already pay the highest car insurance rates in the nation. Let’s work on lowering these rates first – before there’s any talk of asking drivers to pay even more at the pump.”
State Rep. Graham Filler today voted in favor of funding to help Michigan distribute COVID-19 vaccine and boost testing while helping those whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the virus and economic shutdowns.
State Rep. Graham Filler today expressed disappointment and frustration in the Whitmer administration’s failed rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan – which CDC data shows has the sixth lowest per-capita distribution rate in the country – and called on the governor to expedite vaccinations and release a public schedule.
Michigan restaurants provide jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and play a vital role in strengthening the economies of local communities throughout our state. In fact, the food service industry generated about 447,200 Michigan jobs in 2019, accounting for about 10 percent of employment in our state.