LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she still wants to “fix the damn roads” as she begins her second and final term, but now believes an entirely new financing system is needed to accommodate the growth of electric vehicles and the associated drop in gasoline consumption.

“I will not propose (increasing) the gas tax by 45 cents; I can say that unequivocally,” Whitmer told the Free Press on Tuesday during an interview in her Lansing office.

whitmer’A 2019 gas tax proposal failed in the Republican-controlled Legislature and became an issue in the Nov. 8 election, which Whitmer won by nearly 11 percentage points. GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon has repeatedly cited Whitmer’s gas tax plan to counter the governor’s boast that she hasn’t raised taxes. Dixon said it wasn’t for lack of trying.

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