LANSING – Republican legislative leaders submitted a menu of additional road-funding options to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, some she’d seen before like bonding against the teacher retirement system. Some she had not.

However, the Governor took a public jab at a key tenant to the Republicans’ plan, which is to replace the sales tax on gasoline with a tax that sends money directly to road repair.

House Republicans passed a budget of various cuts to backfill the $800 million hole in the School Aid Fund and General Fund that would be created from the change, but Whitmer’s press secretary still described the key element this way:

“Their core element cuts education spending by $400 per pupil statewide, which neither fixes the damn roads nor serves the kids.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) took exception to the comment. Spokesperson Amber McCann said the Majority Leader presented road funding options and none of them have a “negative impact on schools.”

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