LANSING (WWJ/AP) –  The Republican-led Michigan Senate narrowly passed a 15-cents-a-gallon gas tax hike on Wednesday with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley serving as a tie-breaker.

The vote was 19-19 —with 18 Republicans and on Democrat casting a “yes” vote — before Calley was called on to weigh in.

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The $1.4 billion road-funding plan would raise the state gasoline tax by 15 cents a gallon over three years and also trim the income tax if Michigan’s general revenues rise above inflation in any given year.

The proposal also would redirect $700 million in general funds toward road and bridge infrastructure, though specific spending cuts would be left until later. Another bill would eliminate a tax credit for lower-wage earners.

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Sen. Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) was among those who voted no.

“We had before us a plan that relies on an increase in the gas tax which is rapidly becoming obsolete,” Ananich said. “Instead, we have before us a plan that demands $700 million in cuts to the state budget with no details as to where those cuts will be made.”

Michigan voters in May resoundingly defeated a proposed sales tax hike that would have triggered more funding for roads, schools and municipalities.

The state last boosted the gas tax by four-cents in 1997.

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