Sales Tax May Rise to Pay for Road Maintenance

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A still-developing plan to raise more than $1 billion a year for road maintenance could give Michigan voters a direct say in the issue.
Bills introduced Wednesday in the state Senate include a proposed constitutional amendment to raise the 6 percent sales tax to 8 percent and devote the extra revenue to transportation funding.
The state's 19-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax would go away in return.
If voters didn't like that approach, a mix of increased gas tax and vehicle registration fees would go into effect if there's support in the Republican-controlled Legislature.
The bills call for registration fees to rise by about 80 percent. Gas and diesel taxes would be roughly doubled.
Gov. Rick Snyder says it's better to act now to fix ailing roads than to pay more later.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 17, 2013 at 08:31 AM
    i would prefer a 10% sales tax over income tax. Roughtly speaking, most of my income went to food, housing and interest. I think i paid less on sales tax than income. So moving the sales tax to 10% and dropping income tax would have me paying the same.
  • by Craig Location: Location on Feb 14, 2013 at 06:26 PM
    Rise the state tax to 8% people will not be able to do it with gas tax or vehicle registration fees.
  • by Glen Location: Lansing on Feb 12, 2013 at 09:17 AM
    instead of raising taxes, why don't they use the extra funds that they want to dip into to do the dredging of some canals. or, i know you've heard of the ( EXTRA ) money that they have to give out for Federally fundings for people who want to go to school. Then at the end of the year they say they have this so called extra moneys that haven't been used. There are better ways to get the extra funds rather than raising taxes.
  • by Pete Location: Lansing on Feb 11, 2013 at 01:59 PM
    Michigan only gets 90% back of money sent to the federal government for roads. How about Snyder do his job and get all of the money back instead of asking more. Or perhaps another business tax break is needed (smirk)
  • by Julia Roelle Location: Okemos on Feb 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM
    We have the highest gas taxes and the worst roads- isn't someone managing this poorly to say the least?
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 11, 2013 at 06:03 AM
    I don't want an increase in tax either but this is something that has to be done, we have to pay for the services we use. For those of you that say consult other states and see what they do, did you watch the state of the state address? Ohio has a way higher budget for the DOT than Michigan does, hence better roads. We either pay for better roads and bridges or we turn them back to dirt.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Feb 10, 2013 at 05:08 AM
    How about this idea? Before going crazy with raising taxes to fund everything under the sun, I feel there needs to be an audit to determine why Michigan's roads fall apart too soon. My guess is shoddy workmanship and materials are used, and the contractors and state road employees are pocketing it. Thank You. Ricardo
  • by James Location: Lansing on Feb 9, 2013 at 04:10 AM
    OMG! Enough is enough! It's time to cut spending not raise taxes! With the way things are headed the book 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand may not be a fictional book in the near future. May God help us.
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 8, 2013 at 01:09 PM
    A simple 10% sales tax and eliminate income and property taxes and people would be happy. The rich will pay more and those who are struggling can always cut back on non-essentials. The only people a simple sales tax would hurt would the the accountants who have to deal with it.
  • by Andrea Location: Nashville on Feb 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM
    FACT: Raise diesel and fuel use tax on the big rigs and you'll see prices in the stores rise even MORE. Less deliveries DUH. Smaller trucking companies will go out of business therefore RAISING UNEMPLOYMENT RATES. Does this make any sense? NO
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