This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

“For those of you who want to keep playing games, I’m going to press on without you,” said the governor who held funding for kids with autism hostage in a crass (and failed) political game designed to ram a gas tax hike plan through the Legislature. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer garnered big headlines following her TV address for a proclamation that she didn’t need a Legislature, and she was going to simply forgo things like leadership and building consensus.

With great fanfare and media adulation, Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget director (she was too busy trying to raise her national profile by making the rounds on cable news to be bothered with actually governing Michigan) yesterday unveiled her budget for the upcoming fiscal year, boasting it was the largest budget in the history of the state, with the biggest departmental budgets housed within it.

She wasn’t wrong about that. Whitmer’s $61.9 billion budget is loaded. With pork and nonsense.

Last Thursday, my oldest daughter, Aláthea, celebrated her tenth birthday. It’s a milestone, in more ways than one. You see, before Aláthea had even blown out the candles on her cake, Michigan’s governor had committed her and all her peers to 25 years of debt.

Because Gretchen Whitmer failed to get her way, she impulsively borrowed $3.5 billion in bonds to “fix the damn roads.” And it’s going to have damaging consequences for my daughter’s future.

It may be a new year, but the Left are resorting to the same old tricks. After failing to get a single legislator – Republican OR Democrat – to support her “Plan A” to “fix the damn roads” – a 45-cents-per-gallon gas tax hike – Gretchen Whitmer says she’s going to do it herself.

Sort of.

After vetoing $375 million in new road funding late last year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer next week is expected to roll out her new “plan” to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.
She’s finally acknowledged that her absurd 45 cents per gallon gas tax hike won’t fly. (Her top Democratic allies in the legislature calling it “extreme” and refusing to even sponsor her bill might have had something to do with that.) So what’s next?

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