Republicans Working On 'Surprise' Roads Plan To Counter Governor's 45-Cent Tax Hike Proposal

The governor has said she's all ears.

March 26, 2019 - 7:59 am

(WWJ) Republicans in Lansing are trying to put their own plan to fund road fixes together, to counter the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal for a 45-cent gas tax hike.

House Republicans have put together two or three separate alternative plans, according to WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick.

Not included? A 45-cent gas tax.

It also tosses out Whitmer's plan to redistrubute road dollars to areas other than where they're collected. 

"We're kind of looking at everything. I mean I hate to ruin the surprise for you right off the bat but nothing's off the table," said Republican Graham Filler of DeWitt, Mich.

He said noting is yet on paper, but very involved discussions have been had. He would not say if there is a lower gas tax proposed in the House deal.

Skubick said Whitmer has called on Republicans to counter her proposal with one of their own. "I'm all ears," she has said.

Skubick reported her ears may soon be full of ideas.

"We're going to pur forward something responsible, and we don't think 45-cents on top of what we already pay is responsible," Filler said.  

What is responsible?

"Not 45 cents," Filler said.

He added the Republican plan should see the light of day in the next couple of weeks.