Governor Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a budget that she says will fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and invest in the education.
The plan includes a 45 cent increase in the gas tax, which would happen in three increments of 15 cents over a year.
Whitmer says the increase will cost the average Michigander $23 a month. She says those costs would be offset by doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit for lower income people (saving them an average of $30 a month) and getting rid of the pension tax, which says will save the average pensioner $65 a month.
She also says Michiganders will save money by not paying for car repairs, which she says costs the average resident more than $500 a year.
“No one wants to raise taxes,” Whitmer told lawmakers, “but the hard truth is we need to get to work.”
Among her other priorities, Whitmer is calling for:
- $15.4 billion for K-12 schools, an increase of $507 million. This includes an increase of between $120 and $180 per student.
- A 3% increase for state colleges and universities, provided they don’t incerase tuition more than 3.2%
- A 3% increase for “revenue sharing” – the money that goes to cities, towns, and townships
- $13.9 million to identify and fight public health threats, including contaminated drinking water
- $10.5 million to train and hire corrections officers and $8.6 million for more Michigan State Police troopers
- $8.6 million for investments in the foster care and child welfare systems