What if Michigan ultimately raises taxes? Who might get nicked?

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Gov. Snyder's infrastructure committee suggested how the state could raise the $4 billion needed annually to pay for the upgrades. Options ranged from increasing sales, income and property taxes, to higher cell phone bills and a toll road (U.S. 23) running the length of the state.

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Though Snyder’s education commission didn’t suggest ways to raise the $2 billion more it recommends annually, Bridge estimated it would require hikes in sales, income and property taxes that could cost the average family hundreds if not thousands more a year.

NEXT: So, what will happen with your taxes over the long term?

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John Bebow

John Bebow is president and CEO of the Center for Michigan. Prior to joining the Center in 2006, he worked for 16 years as a professional journalist.

Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson is Bridge’s computer-assisted reporting specialist. He can be reached at mwilkinson@bridgemi.com.

Ted Roelofs

Ted Roelofs is a Bridge contributor based in Grand Rapids. He can be reached at ted.roelofs@gmail.com

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John Saari
Tue, 05/09/2017 - 9:38am

If we cannot afford to maintain our infrastructure, we have too much. Pay as you play(go). Charge what it costs to build and maintain. User fees whenever possible.

Chris Carpenter
Wed, 05/10/2017 - 9:47pm

We should continue to cut state income tax. Property tax is good where it is at. We could raise fuel taxes to fix roads and bridges. User fees and increased rates could pay for sewer and water improvements. Lot government waste like pensions could be changed to 401K plans like rest people have. Lot people are on fixed incomes or have student loans and cannot afford the income taxes now.