LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Budget conferences have broken down between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just days after they agreed to sideline negotiations over a long-term road-funding plan, preparing for an Oct. 1 deadline or risk of partial government shut down.
According to Democratic Representative Sara Cambensy, 109th State House District, there has been an additional $500 million identified in the budget for roads.
"I would encourage everyone to negotiate in good faith, if there is $500 million placeholder for road funding, that the republicans have put in the budget that means they are cutting something because we haven’t identified new revenue. So what are we cutting?” asked Cambensy.
"It's just a matter or reducing certain spending on other areas re-prioritizing and also the improved economy in Michigan is also able to bring in more revenue, so it’s a combined source to achieve that," said Senator Ed McBroom, 38th State Senate District.
Whitmer, who campaigned on a pledge to "fix the damn roads," had previously said she would not sign a budget without a "real fix" that would boost spending on roads and public education. But, according to Cambensy, she said the proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax is off the table.