Gas prices are set to rise by as much as 19 cents per gallon, according to petroleum analysts at GasBuddy, and that’s before Governor Whitmer gets her hands on them. According to a report this morning, motorists will soon see sticker shock at the pump, with prices expected to reach an average of $2.99 per gallon.
The news couldn’t come at a worse time, as Governor Whitmer made the rounds yesterday at the conference, pushing lawmakers to pass her 45-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase by the end of June.
The state legislature this week continued their work on the state budget, holding hearings, passing bills, and meeting the needs of schools, universities, and even Michigan’s roads.
What didn’t they approve? Republicans did not include Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45 cent-per-gallon gas tax hike in their budget. (Democrats didn’t ask them to, either. Not a single legislative Democrat has, to-date, been willing to introduce the tax-hike bill the Governor’s demanded.)
This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.
Government shutdowns are bad for working families. Michigan learned that the hard way just a decade ago, when a pair of shutdowns paralyzed the state, took police off the road, and put the proverbial flashing neon sign at the state’s southern border, warning workers and job creators to stay far, far away.
Here we go again. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to shut down state government this year if Republican lawmakers don’t acquiesce to her demands for a regressive $2.5 billion annual hike in our gas tax, a $600 a year punch in the gut for working families who can afford it least.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has come under new fire for a broken campaign promise not to raise Michigan motorists’ gas taxes to pay for more government spending.
Whitmer made the pledge on the debate stage just last fall, calling accusations that she’d raise the tax “ridiculous” and “nonsense.” Now, WXYZ TV 7, Detroit’s ABC television affiliate, is grilling the governor over her campaign-trail whopper and her response is going to shock you!
Governor Gretchen Whitmer earlier this week unveiled a destructive new plan to triple the gas tax on Michigan workers and families – raising the tax by 45 cents per gallon!
If the scheme took you by surprise, you’re not the only one. That’s because just a few months ago, Whitmer stood on a debate stage accused of planning to raise the gas tax by a comparatively small (but still substantial) 20 cents per gallon and she called the charge “ridiculous.” She called it “nonsense.” And the press reported her promise to voters who soon elected her.