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Gov. Whitmer signs auto insurance law, says it will cut rates

Gretchen Whitmer signing bill
Zoe Clark
Michigan Radio

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a law today to roll back the rates paid by drivers for personal injury protection in their auto insurance.

The savings would come by capping medical benefits that are currently unlimited. The governor and the Legislature’s Republican leaders acknowledged the negotiations were difficult. But Whitmer says the experience could set a pattern for other bargains.

“We are genuinely ready to continue working together, and the people of our state don’t care if we are Republican or Democrat, they just want us to fix the problems, and I think that’s what we’re committed to doing,” Whitmer said.

Whitmer said that next up is getting a deal on the state budget and money to fix roads. She said she still has not seen an alternative to her proposal to raise fuel taxes.

Read more: MDOT Director: We need a fuel tax increase—or a better idea—to fix roads

“I’m tired of politicians that tell the public that you can have everything and pay for nothing, that you can find savings here or there and fix real problems," Whitmer said. "This is a serious solution that I put on the table. It was not easy to do, but I am determined to fix the problem once and for all.”

The governor says she’d like to have that issue resolved sometime in June.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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