Reporting Ron Dewey
DETROIT (WWJ) – State lawmakers this week will examine a plan to raise nearly $1.5 billion a year to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges. But it would come at a price to drivers with an extra nine cents a-gallon on the state gasoline tax, and another $60 annually for license plate tabs.
Most drivers speaking to WWJ Newsradio 950 on Tuesday were not happy to hear about it.
While roads and bridges may be stressed, another commuter says so is his wallet. “I’m having a hard time now,” said Charles Milner, who holds down two jobs to make ends meet.
While gassing up his ’95 Chevy, Milner told WWJ’s Ron Dewey that paying more for gas and plate tabs to help fix the roads won’t help his bottom line. “It’s hard to pay this as it is and adding 60 more dollars, I’d have to quit driving … that would really be too much.”
“I think it’s sad,” said another man.
But one commuter said the roads are bad enough that it’s worth the extra cost.”This year, not as bad because the winter … it’s been a mild winter. But the roads overall, yes,” he said.
Joked one driver, “As long as the gas keeps going down, I can pay nine cents extra.”