GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Whitmer’s budget proposal was unveiled Tuesday. It involves $60 billion, $2.5 billion of which is the focus of everyone’s attention because it involves a new tax.
It would come from an increased gas tax of 45 cents per gallon.
“We haven’t received any positive phone calls in the office… People are opposed to such a large increase and we need to take that seriously,” state Sen. Jon Bumstead, a Republican from Newaygo and the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said. “But all in all, we have to keep an open mind and we still have to work together with the governor and get budgets passed.”
The minority vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, state Rep. Jon Hoadley, said the governor’s plan is a good place to start.
“What Gov. Whitmer did is say, ‘We know that we need to fix the roads,'” the Democrat from Kalamazoo said. “That’s going to require about $2 (billion) to $2.5 billion every single year to get our roads up to the condition they need to be and then she did it in a way that untangled all the shell games we’ve seen over the last few years to make sure the money’s going to where it’s supposed to be.”
Above on this March 10, 2019, episode of “To The Point,” the two appropriators talk about what happens next with the governor’s budget proposal.