Six residents in one of the poorest communities in Michigan got together and purchased 900 pounds of cold patch and spent a recent steamy July day on Lumpkin Road, pounding it in themselves.
The motive behind the increases is that owners of electric and hybrid vehicles don’t pay as much as other drivers toward the state gas tax, which supports road repairs.
The bills have been criticized because they would eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families.
Backers say the overall package would eventually generate at least $1 billion a year for funding the roads.
More than half of survey respondents who voted no on Proposal 1 said they believed the initiative gave tax money away to too many other things.
Here are some questions, answers and everything else you need to know before Tuesday’s election.
Just how much more taxes people pay would vary and depend on family incomes, future fuel prices and consumer choices: what they buy, how much they drive, the type and age of their car.
Not all of the $1.2 billion-plus influx would go to roads and bridges immediately. Much of the new tax revenue would instead be used to pay down debt.
A new poll shows that Michigan’s road funding and sales tax proposal is in some trouble ahead of the May 5 primary.
An audit finds some bridges classified as being in critical condition aren’t being inspected as frequently or as thoroughly as they should be.