MichMash: For Governor Candidates, ‘Tax’ is A Four-Letter Word When Discussing Roads [VIDEO, TRANSCRIPT]

As you prepare to vote, see how the next governor plans to fix the roads.


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Is the condition of Michigan’s roads YOUR issue?  Does what candidates say about how to fund repairs help determine your vote in the August primary and November general elections? 
WDET and our partners in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative recently interviewed most of the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor of Michigan and asked them about those issues.
This week, WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth report on what the candidates said in their weekly MichMash feature. Click on the audio link above to hear their conversation.
Scroll down for videos and transcripts.

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The DJC reporters asked about road funding. Here’s how the candidates answered:

Republican Candidates

Brian Calley

Read Calley’s Full Answer

Patrick Colbeck

Read Colbeck’s Full Answer

Jim Hines

Read Hines’s Full Answer

Bill Schuette

Bill Schuette declined the Detroit Journalism Cooperative’s request for a video interview, citing scheduling interviews. Click HERE to learn more about him and WDET’s coverage of his campaign. 

Democratic Candidates

Abdul El-Sayed

Read El-Sayed’s Full Answer

Shri Thanedar

Read Thanedar’s Full Answer

Gretchen Whitmer

Read Whitmer’s Full Answer

Other Issues

Find out what the 2018 Michigan gubernatorial candidates think about transit, transparency, marijuana, auto insurance and redistricting.


  • Cheyna Roth
    Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She's also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.
  • Jake Neher
    Jake Neher is senior producer for Detroit Today and host of MichMash for 101.9 WDET. He previously reported on the Michigan Legislature for the Michigan Public Radio Network.