Gov. Whitmer Plans to Spend $3.5 Billion to Fix Michigan's Damn Roads

January 29, 2020, 10:31 PM

Gov. Whitmer at State of the State (Screen shot from WDIV video) 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in a tough-talking State of The State address on Wednesday in Lansing, announced plans to fix Michigan's crumbling roads with up to $3.5 billion in bonds.

In making the announcement, she took a shot at the Republicans, accusing them of inaction.

"Believe me, the people of Michigan don’t want more ceremony, they want concrete action," Whitmer said. "And sometimes, they just want concrete."

Bonds will enable Whitmer to generate a large amount of money that will be paid off over years. The plan does not require legislative approval. 

Republicans rejected her initial proposal for a gas tax hike to pay for the roads. So, she said she turned to Plan B. 

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