Potholes Increase Urgency for Road Funding Debate

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

After weeks of working on fixing Michigan's failing infrastructure, Gov. Snyder has now invited an expert on roads and funding from the state of Pennsylvania to talk about how Michigan might solve its pothole problem. Michigan and Pennsylvania have a number of things in common, including the size of their road systems, their economies, road funding, etc.

Bradley Mallory, the Executive Deputy Secretary of Administration for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Wednesday that increasing taxes on the wholesale of gasoline, rather than at the pump would not cost customers more because they would be paying less in car repairs, and any increase would trickle down and be almost unnoticeable at the pump.

Wednesday Bill Rustem, Governor Snyder's Director of Strategy said something similar, noting the administration doesn't want to raise taxes, it wants to adjust an existing tax for inflation-- a shift in dialogue that might sit well with state legislators leery of "raising" taxes.'

The Snyder administration in the past said the average driver in Michigan spends $357 on car repairs because of failing infrastructure. It has also said raising the gas tax to pay for more than a billion dollars in road repairs would cost the average driver $120 a year.

This new push comes after a long winter that has been tremendously hard on Michigan roads, and made drivers sick of dealing with potholes and car damage repairs.

Coming up on WILX news ten at 6 p.m., the latest on the gas tax, road funding, potholes and what all this means for people just trying to get to and from work.

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