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Still no deal between Governor Whitmer and state Republicans

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There’s still no deal between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s Republican leaders on road funding.

The rhetoric tossed between the Democratic governor and Republican leaders has grown increasingly tense.                

Governor Whitmer said she’s ready to veto budget bills that don’t raise the new money for roads that she’s called for.  

“They gotta do what they gotta do. Then I’m gonna do what I gotta do."

"She’s got all of her options available to her. I can’t predict, quite frankly, based on the last few days of interactions, I can’t predict anything.”

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said the governor will have to decide whether to adopt a budget and then continue bargaining on roads. Or, he said, she can use her veto power, and risk a shutdown as the state goes into the new fiscal year without a budget.