Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 8:23 PM EST Mar 4, 2019 Lansing — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first executive budget will propose phasing in a 45-cent-per-gallon fuel tax increase to “fix the damn roads” while adding $507 million in new classroom spending to benefit K-12 schools. The East Lansing Democrat will outline her proposal to lawmakers Tuesday morning in Lansing and then embark on a statewide “road show” to sell it to the public in coming weeks, a source familiar with her planning told The Detroit News. While she’ll visit such liberal cities as Detroit, Whitmer is also expected to pitch her budget priorities in more conservative parts of the state represented by Republican lawmakers as she urges action by the GOP-led Legislature on what she has called infrastructure and education crises. The 45-cent gas tax increase would be phased in over three separate intervals, beginning in October, said Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown. The rate would rise again in April 2020 and be fully phased in by October of that year. The governor’s budget will also include “protections to help offset the cost to people’s pocketbooks, which she will talk more about tomorrow,” Brown said. The fuel tax plan would generate upwards of… Read full this story
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