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Michigan Gov. allies release ads to support $3.5B road-bonding plan

Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Allies of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have released $750,000 worth of TV ads to support her plan to borrow $3.5 billion to roughly double construction spending on state-owned roads and bridges over five years.

The Road to Michigan’s Future, a nonprofit group, began airing the ads throughout the state on Friday — two days after the Democratic governor announced the bonding plan in her State of the State speech. The newly formed group does not have to disclose donors’ identities.

Mark Fisk, spokesman for the organization, said the goal is to “support Gov. Whitmer’s bold plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling and deteriorating infrastructure without increasing taxes or waiting for the Legislature to act. Our mission is to educate the public about her plan and encourage lawmakers in both parties to start tackling this urgent problems before Michigan’s dangerous, worst-in-the-nation roads get even worse.”

The campaign also includes digital ads.

A spokesman for Whitmer said her office is not affiliated with the paid advertising.

The nonprofit group was incorporated by Rick Wiener, a former lobbyist who worked as chief of staff to Democrat Jennifer Granholm when she was governor.

Whitmer announced the plan nearly a year after her proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase went nowhere in the Republican-led Legislature.

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