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Shirkey: Whitmer ‘moving the goal posts’ on no-fault reform

May 9, 2019

Crain’s Detroit Business

Chad Livengood

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With the annual Mackinac Policy Conference about two weeks away, the possibility of a grand bargain on no-fault and road funding being hatched on the porch of the Grand Hotel seems remote.

These two sides aren’t even talking to each other directly about the high points of the highly complicated issue of auto insurance.

Whitmer argued allowing her insurance department to administratively prohibit the use of non-driving factors for setting rates doesn’t “cut it.”

“The public would be furious if something was passed into law and were told a problem was fixed and it wasn’t,” Whitmer told reporters at the Capitol. “That’s exactly what happened on the last gas tax — they were told the roads were fixed and everyone knew darn well they weren’t. I’m not going to play games.”

And Shirkey made it clear Thursday that the deadline to negotiate a resolution is fast approaching.

“This is days, not weeks, before it goes to the governor,” Shirkey said. “… And there’s no reason to let it sit around because 7 million policyholders are waiting to embrace the savings opportunties that we’re providing them.”

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