This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

Does anyone in Lansing care about taxpayers and working families?

Politicians like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer want a massive $2.5 billion tax hike to fix roads and fund other special interests. Democrats want working stiffs to foot the bill with a $0.45 per gallon gas increase.

With only weeks before the state’s budget deadline, and a looming government shutdown, voters are clamoring for solutions that keep the lights on, keep their taxes low, and prioritize the cash they send to Lansing to tackle the biggest problems. Gretchen Whitmer’s response to the looming crisis? She abruptly walked out of budget negotiations to go do the Today Show on NBC, make an end run around the legislature to ban flavored vape, and launch an all-out assault on your 2nd Amendment gun rights.

Here they go again.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and many in the legislature – including some Republicans – are actively and publicly embracing the idea of raising taxes on motorists, consumers, and Michigan families to pay for big new spending in next year’s state budget, with the threat of an October 1 government shutdown looming overhead.

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