Whitmer blasts lawmakers for ‘vacation’ without budget deal

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Lansing, Mich.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is criticizing the Republican-led Legislature for taking a “vacation” without a deal to fund state services or spend more to fix the roads.

The Democratic governor held a budget briefing with reporters Tuesday, as lawmakers began a two-month stretch in which session days are “tentative” only. She says average people cannot go on vacation until their work is done.

Whitmer and Republicans are at odds over her plan that includes a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase to improve roads and end “shell games” that limit education spending increases.

The House and Senate have passed different budget plans, but Whitmer says she’s the only one to put a “complete and real solution on the table.”

Republicans have said talks will continue regardless of whether all legislators are in Lansing.

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    • steve

      Good God. Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? Republicans screwing the taxpayers? Who in hell is promoting a 45 cent increase in the gas tax? If you’re capable of doing so, try closing your mouth and opening your eyes and ears for a change.

  • Rj

    It’s the Democrat governor not the democratic governor, there is a huge difference in the definition of those words, if this bothers her so much why are her progressive counterparts in DC ( District of criminals) doing the same thing with money that’s supposed to protect us all from the garbage, drugs and infectious diseases coming across the border ? We as Michigander’s are gonna find out what the trifecta of progressives elected to Michigan in the fraudulent midterms, we will soon see drivers licenses given to illegals, it’s a coming.

  • C

    Maybe the Republicans took a page from Nancy Pelosi’s playbook. Remember a year ago or so when she went on her Mai Tai Hawaiian vacation instead of working to end the government shutdown?

  • BS

    If the taxes that were collected at the pump had been deposited in the transportation fund instead of being diverted to the schools, we wouldn’t have to look for funds to fix the roads.

  • Pips

    The screwls churn out incompetent brainwashed morons. When their product quality increases only then should increasing funding be considered.

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