State Budget + Taxes

Whitmer texted Shirkey over ‘doubling down on stupid’ remark

At a Detroit luncheon on Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a rejoinder for state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), who had pointed criticism...

Whitmer’s plan spends more on roads in metro areas

Should Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pass her massive gas tax increase through a leery Legislature, her proposal would bypass an “inefficient,” almost 70-year-old mechanism for...

Whitmer calls water ‘fundamental human right’ with $120M in new funding

As Michigan has grappled with big water safety issues in recent years, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has devoted several early executive actions to tackling environmental...

Whitmer downplays reported business tax dealmaking in budget

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her first budget proposal represents a “real solution” and now the negotiation process can begin. On Tuesday night, Crain’s Detroit...

From preschool to Flint: Michigan budget details you might have missed

A $60.2 billion budget has a lot of nooks and crannies. The Advance has covered Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's overall fiscal year 2020 budget, roads plan,...

Slideshow and video of Whitmer’s first budget address

On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her first budget to the state House and Senate Appropriations committees, which have oversight of the process. She...

Gilchrist, Chatfield to work with Duggan on auto insurance reform

Mayor Mike Duggan’s call Tuesday night for the state Legislature to act on auto insurance reform wasn’t new — but he did have a...

Republicans leery, Democrats silent on governor’s gas tax hike

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s gas tax proposal to fix the roads — which would make Michigan the nation’s highest fuel tax state — is a...

Whitmer’s budget pitch to reluctant Republicans: Pay now or pay more...

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a simple message on Tuesday for legislators who questioned the need to raise taxes to improve schools and roads: Pay...

Freedom Fund hammers Whitmer for ‘lazy’ roads plan

The conservative Freedom Fund is slamming Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, saying she's gone back on an October debate statement that dramatically raising the gas tax...

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