MLive reports Governor Gretchen Whitmer told reporters on Monday that she and Republican legislative leaders are “desperate” to avoid a government shutdown, and she may propose a stopgap budget measure as long as there are “good-faith” negotiations about spending more to fix the roads.

Whitmer met with GOP leaders on August 9 and anticipates seeing their road-funding counterproposal in the next week or so.  The Governor’s 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase has had no action in the GOP-led Legislature.  Lawmakers have not finalized a budget over the road funding issue.

The next fiscal year begins October 1.  Whitmer said,“We’ve got to get serious about negotiating.”

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