We’re working hard to hold Governor Whitmer accountable for her broken promises, and it’s getting lots of attention.
Governor Whitmer remains insistent that she cannot “fix the damn roads” without raising taxes on Michigan citizens, or as she likes to call it, “new revenue.”
Unfortunately, it seems some in the legislature are starting to agree. While they balked at her proposed 45-cent gas tax hike, they’re entertaining the notion of a smaller, 20-cent gas tax hike.Read more
Those who were hoping for a big summer as Governor Gretchen Whitmer looked to drive the state forward could be forgiven for feeling… stuck in neutral.
This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.
“Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach. I feel it in the air, the summer's out of reach.” – Don Henley
August will soon be in our rearview mirror, and along with it the first summer on the job for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Like Henley in his 1984 classic, Michiganians may have a little voice inside their heads screaming don’t look back.
Whitmer reversed course on campaign pledges and wasted summer months on a dilettante roadshow promoting a tax hike that was dead on arrival when there was still snow on the ground.Read more
Michigan’s roads aren’t the only thing in a state of crisis. Here in Michigan, our public school teachers’ pension plan is currently underfunded by about $40 billion, requiring huge annual investment just to keep up and ensure teachers receive their retirement benefits.
As the public demands that every tax dollar they pay at the pump go to fund road repairs, policymakers are left with a dilemma. Today, roughly $540 million in sales tax paid at the pump doesn’t go to roads – it goes to the school aid fund to help pay for those teacher pensions.