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2021 Senate Bill 379: Prohibit governor from unilaterally increasing state’s road debt
Introduced by Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R) on April 21, 2021
To prohibit a governor from adding to the state’s long term debt by borrowing money for road repairs (“bonding”) without consent from two-thirds of the House and Senate. The bill comes after the legislature refused to enact a 45 cent per gallon gas tax proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who in response committed taxpayers to repaying $800 million in new road debt in 2020, and eventually up to $3.5 billion. Money to service these debts comes out of future gas taxes and other transportation tax revenue.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on April 21, 2021
Reported in the Senate on May 27, 2021
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Received in the House on June 24, 2021
Referred to the House Transportation Committee on June 24, 2021