Road funding budget battle could run into summer

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The battle over Michigan's budget may continue into the summer.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants tohike the gas taxby 45 cents per gallon. House Republicans who are reluctant to agree say they have at least apartial alternative plan, which would dedicate sales tax paid on gas to roads.

"You ask any member of the public, especially as they're pumping their gas, especially, ‘Should this money, should tax money paid at the pump go to the roads?' And I think they will answer ‘Well, of course it should," said Republican Rep. Aaron Miller of Sherman Township.

Some of the tax money Republicans are proposing to divert is currently used for schools. That money would be replaced by returning money currently used for higher education to the K-12 budget, Republicans say.

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