Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivering her second State of the Union Address on Jan. 29, state Rep. Mike Mueller, R-Linden, responded to her goal of using more bonds to fund state road improvements.
In a statement released on Jan. 30, Mueller condemned the idea by stating it will cause financial problems for future generations.
“Simply put, bonding for road improvements will be detrimental to Michigan’s future and our children, who will be saddled with the debt,” Mueller said in the release. “As a father, I will never be on board with a plan that will be so costly to our kids."
Rep. Mike Mueller | Michigan State Representative
Muller said that Whitmer was aware the funds would only be distributed to Michigan freeways and the trunk line. He calls for funding to be instead given to local municipalities for them to develop other solutions to state road issues.
Muller additionally hopes to meet with Whitmer to collaborate on a different strategy that benefits local residents the most.
“I want to work with the governor on a realistic plan to fix our roads, but she must be willing to come to the table,” Mueller said in the release. “Circumventing the Legislature to move forward with her plan to put our road improvements on credit is unfair to the people of Michigan who we represent. I urge her to reconsider her plan.”