It’s crunch time for Michigan lawmakers to reach a deal to address deteriorating roads and bridges.
The Republican-led Senate recently voted to more than double Michigan’s 19-cents-a-gallon gas tax to boost road funding.
“It’s time to fix the roads,” the governor says.
Michigan lawmakers have three weeks left in their lame-duck session to enact a potentially wide-ranging assortment of bills.
A typical Michigan driver would initially pay roughly $4.60 more a month in state gasoline taxes under a gradual tax increase proposed to boost funding for road repairs.
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.