Road Bills Propose Higher Gas Tax & Vehicle Fees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- 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 Beth Location: Eagle on Feb 7, 2013 at 03:32 PM
    NO!!!!! We don't get pay increases,fees are increasing all over the place and yes we have terrible roads but continually financing it by increasing gas taxes, increasing sales taxes and vehicle taxes is killing the Governor's so called "Customers". Tell the Governor to start thinking about his customers who are not millionaires! Most of us are working just to stay afloat and $120.00 more per car in a family could equal $500.00 plus for some families! Michigan is becoming harder and harder to live in!
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 1, 2013 at 06:55 AM
    With more and more cars becoming electric, the fuel tax is becoming obselate.
  • by Kathy Location: Lansing on Jan 31, 2013 at 03:49 PM
    No, no, no. First we give up most of our tax deductions, our schools have been shafted, our seniors citizens are taxed... and now we're asked for pay huge license plate fees or higher sales tax? This is nothing more than sticking it to the middle and lower class. I though the GOP of was the party of less taxation! What a joke. I'd like to know why businesses are getting huge tax breaks and the citizens are being asked to pay for everything.
  • by Connnie Location: Dimondale on Jan 31, 2013 at 03:44 PM
    We can't fix everything if 4 years or less. The Governor needs to slow down. The people of Michigan can't handle anymore taxes crammed down our throats. And it doesn't matter if we get to vote on it or not because the Governor will do what he wants anyway. We already went down that path in the recent past. It becomes more and more apparent that the Governor still thinks he's running a corporation and is accountable to the stockholders, NOT the citizens. Not every one holds thousands or even millions of dollars and can pay out for all these taxes. Oh, and look at all the personal income tax credits the Governor has eliminated. If you think you're broke now, just wait til this governor rams through more taxes on all of us.
  • by Philip B Location: Jackson on Jan 31, 2013 at 03:40 PM
    The gas tax wouldn't work because people are using less gas (between more fuel efficient vehicles and $3 per gallon gas)THAT'S why funding has gone down over the years. Raise the sales tax to 8%, it just involves luxuries, not necessities like food...
  • by walter Location: willaimston on Jan 30, 2013 at 02:54 PM
    The Governor wants to TAX us more, says that we have to vote on it,,,,we don't want more taxes and fees....use the money they got better.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tax City on Jan 30, 2013 at 02:47 PM
    Cheese and Rice!!!! We are the 5th worst state for roads. Why? What are they doing with the taxes they already collect? Are we using cheap materials. What is the point in making a paycheck anymore? At least 50% goes to taxes already and more are on the way with Obamacare. Think about it, you lose at least 30%, if you are lucky, in payroll tax, then throw on property tax, gasoline tax, sales tax, and now medical equipment tax (since they can't call it a penalty), capital gains tax, and then tax for the "income refund" if you are lucky enough to get one. And let's not forget the estate tax for dieing. Pretty soon we will be up to 70% of our checks going to some sort of tax! We are supposed to live on 30% with the cost of everything going up in price? Business taxes went up to 10% so that will be passed to the consumer. What is the point in working anymore but to feed our governments?
  • by Phil Location: Lansing on Jan 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM
    We already pay a gas tax that was supposed to be earmarked for roads. What are they doing with THAT money! Maybe they forgot about it but I haven't.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Jan 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM
    This is not the way to go! before any more money is spent, a complete accounting needs to be done. I bet that shoddy work, loads of payoffs and bribes etc. were involved. before any more money is thrown at the problem, lets make sure there is (gasp)some accountability and (double gasp) honsty. Thank You Ricardo
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 at 09:53 AM
    NO! We don't want to have to chose in a vote of the public. We want the elected officials to take a stance and be held accountable. If they make us vote then they will say that we voted in the tax increase.
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