The Michigan Senate has voted to double the state gasoline tax over four years to raise at least $1 billion to fix roads.
The idea is that by reducing Washington’s middleman role, money would be saved through less “red tape” and bureaucracy. Land estimates savings of up to 20 percent.
Late-night wrangling over hiking taxes to improve roads overshadowed Michigan lawmakers’ final days in Lansing before they broke for much of the summer.
Michigan spends less per driver on roads than any other state, yet also has some of the country’s highest taxes at the pump.
Time is running out for lawmakers to get a deal done to fix the crumbling roads before their self-imposed summer break.
You can’t miss it along the pothole-ravaged Beresford Street.
Time’s running short if Michigan is going to raise a lot more money to improve bumpy roads — a long source of frustration for drivers.
Will a proposed gas tax be the cure to fix Michigan’s ravaged roads?
A top Michigan senator says he’s looking to raise $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion a year more to maintain deteriorating roads and bridges.
The fuel tax could equate to over 42 cents a gallon in five years — more than double the existing tax.