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Baruah: Business community ‘amenable’ to Whitmer’s 45-cent fuel tax hike

March 14, 2019

Crain’s Detroit Business

By: Chad Livengood

There’s a “growing split” between the state’s business community and Republicans who control the Legislature over the need to dramatically raise taxes to fix Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure, Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah said Thursday.

After interviewing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on stage at a chamber luncheon about her proposed 45-cent gas tax increase, the Detroit chamber’s chief executive said business interests are increasingly at odds with longtime allies in the GOP-run Legislature after lawmakers passed an “insufficient” $1.2 billion road funding plan nearly four years ago.

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