Whitmer: Drinking water, roads will top legislative agenda

Published 11-07-2018

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer says her initial legislative priorities will include cleaning up drinking water and fixing the roads.

The Democrat spoke with reporters in Detroit on Wednesday after her victory over Republican Bill Schuette.

She says working on infrastructure "is at the top of the list."

She campaigned on a pledge to "fix the damn roads" and says too many Michigan communities are grappling with contamination from old chemicals - not to mention infrastructure issues exposed by Flint's water crisis.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, will be proposing her initiatives to a Republican-led Legislature. She says the Legislature is a co-equal branch of government and she will work very hard to build relationships with lawmakers and forge bipartisan deals.

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