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Whitmer to Detroit chamber: ‘There is not enough pot to fill the potholes.’

March 15, 2019 

Bridge Magazine

By: Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stood before Detroit business leaders on Thursday clicking through slides that showed state declines in infrastructure repairs, education and water quality.

Huge charts from her 2020 budget proposal were projected on three walls as she paced on a stage at the MGM Grand ballroom in Detroit.

“We rank at bottom for education revenue growth … the bottom 20 for post-secondary (education) attainment … and drinking water is not only a problem in Flint,” she said.

“We are not positioned to win the race much less be competitive.”

She called on Detroit’s business community to help persuade Republicans who control the state legislature to support her $60 billion budget proposal built on a historic 45-cent per gallon increase to the gas tax, one the governor said would cost an average motorist $23 a month and generate an additional $2.5 billion a year for the state.

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