See how much a 45-cent Michigan gas tax might cost you

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to solve the state's crumbling roads with a 45-cent gas tax, money that she says would fix Michigan's woeful roads. It would cost more but, she said, also save motorists hundreds in repair costs each year. (Bridge photo by Lindsay VanHulle)

Hard on heels of auto insurance reform, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to push her plans to nearly triple the state's gas tax to raise about $2 billion per year for roads.

So far, Republicans are balking and one poll shows the 45-cent increase is a big loser among Michigan residents ‒ even if those same residents have told other pollsters that roads are their No. 1 concern.

August 16: As September looms, no Republican proposal yet to fix Michigan’s roads​
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Related: Michigan House GOP plans to replace sales tax on gasoline to fund roads

If passed, Whitmer's gas tax would bring Michigan's rate to 71.3 cents a gallon, the highest in the nation. Pennsylvania is now the highest at 57.6 cents per gallon.

Below is a quick way to see how much more per week and year you'd pay if gas taxes rose 45 cents a gallon. Of course, it does not calculate the savings you might get in fewer car repairs, estimated at nearly $650 a year. Whitmer has repeatedly pointed out that motorists would pay more in gas taxes but pay less for new tires, lost hubcaps and wheel alignments caused by the state's worst-in-the nation road network.

So, how much would a 45-cent gas tax cost you? Use our tool below

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Added annual cost: $ 

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Matt
Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:07pm

All the 45 cents is going to the roads, it's just fluffed up so to make up for the funds that were earmarked for roads and are now taken back being redirected to her other more important priorities. Yes this omission seems deliberate and is grating! Makes fixing the damn roads seem more like the political sloganeering it really was. Big surprise!

E. Speck
Fri, 05/31/2019 - 4:00pm

The other omission by the Governor & elected officials is the $20.0 billion in the state of Michigan Comprehensive Annual Financial Report CAFR. This the best kept secret in Lansing. Both parties are lying to you.

middle of the mit
Sat, 06/01/2019 - 12:40am

Kevin, when are you ARjay and Matt going to accept reality?

I have your capcon article.

Read this;https://www.micountyroads.org/PDF/CrummyRoads.pdf

Of the 41.4 cents in state taxes Michigan motorists pay on a gallon of fuel, only 19 cents is a fuel tax dedicated to transportation. The other 22.4 cents is all sales tax, and under Michigan's constitution, most of it goes to schools and local governments and very little of it can be spent on roads.

Hey! Do you complain when your sales tax on alcohol goes to the general fund?

NO? Why? Because it is a SALES TAX! Get it?

Matt
Tue, 06/04/2019 - 11:10am

VEry few states charge sales tax on top of gas tax Michigan is unusual in this regard. There by causing its own problem.

middle of the mit
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 11:52pm

I have addressed this comment, and rebutted it.

Will the Bridge editors not address comments that have no basis in fact, when their own reporting says the same?

And if Bridges reporting says what Gov Whitmer is doing what this person is saying could you please report it?

Someone needs to put an end to this persons nonsense

Kevin Grand
Mon, 06/03/2019 - 7:02pm

In case you've missed it, The Bridge doesn't exactly update their comments on a timely manner on the weekends.

No, I don't fault them for wanting to have a life.

But obviously you HAVE missed a huge chunk of information between those two articles.

Gov. Whitmer 's gas tax has NOTHING to do with the nearly five year old Detroit News article you've cited. Whitmer is getting funny with the money on her proposed gas tax...NOT the game that Lansing has played with the sales tax for far too long now.

Look, if you cannot bother to educate yourself on this issue, you're not adding anything to this conversation.

Matt
Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:32pm

The problem Bridge doesn't get or doesn't want to see is that this 45 cents isn't in isolation. It gives us the highest tax on fuel in the mid west and very near the top nationally. This is on top of a fairly high sales tax and very high property taxes relative to other states. Then thrown on the hidden taxes from various mandates hitting Joe lunch Bucket hard on his insurance, and utility bills, (but are because of the state's actions none the less), the total hit is considerable. Sure $200 - $300 per years isn't much by itself but it isn't alone. Sometimes, (often), Bridge seems to be more of an advocate than an informer.

Hoosier Mama
Sat, 06/01/2019 - 11:08am

It didn't take Republican leadership in Michigan a day to bleed the state dry. It won't be a quick fix to repair the damage.

Jim tomlinson
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 2:08pm

I’ve enjoyed the last 8 years of declining roads saves the effort going to roller coasters. If we wait another 8 years maybe we have no roads and get smashed by falling bridge. As doc brown where we are going we don’t need roads

Cliff
Fri, 05/31/2019 - 7:15pm

In the first place who says that the roads will cost you $650 a tear in repairs. does it not occur to anyone that repair will be needed good or bad roads. Secondly , according to the budget she asked for 40% of the tax will be going to things other than roads. third, I've see plenty of road construction going on already. If you have too much going on at one time it causes grid lock in many areas. Fourthly, where are all the workers and road repair companies coming from?? This tax will hit companies hard that do service and deliver products for example not to mention the rest of us.

Doug mcadams
Fri, 05/31/2019 - 11:52pm

We should have a 1 cent increase in sales tax to paid for the roads.

Steve
Sat, 06/01/2019 - 11:24am

They act like they arent getting any money now. Snyder raised the gas tax and license fees after voters rejected a property tax increase. It never ends with these bloodsuckers !
How do states like Ohio manage when their roads are 100 times better than michigan?
Fix the system of fixing roads and stop digging into our pockets

Max's Dad
Tue, 06/04/2019 - 11:31am

Yeah, none of us should expect a break right? Fiscal responsibility be damned.

abe bubush
Sat, 06/01/2019 - 2:01pm

This is more than covered by the break on car insurance we just got. Quit whining.

Gerald Barber
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 5:45am

If they used the gas tax money they already get instead of giving it to schools and other programs there wouldn’t be a need to raise taxes! Taxpayers pay a school tax road tax state tax taxed on cars trucks homes insurance! Everything we buy is taxed one way or the other! How many more and how much more can we give ? These politicians say it’s a shame you have to have both family members working to make ends meet but it’s their taxation that has caused the problem!

Gerald Barber
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 5:45am

If they used the gas tax money they already get instead of giving it to schools and other programs there wouldn’t be a need to raise taxes! Taxpayers pay a school tax road tax state tax taxed on cars trucks homes insurance! Everything we buy is taxed one way or the other! How many more and how much more can we give ? These politicians say it’s a shame you have to have both family members working to make ends meet but it’s their taxation that has caused the problem!

Gerald Barber
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 5:46am

If they used the gas tax money they already get instead of giving it to schools and other programs there wouldn’t be a need to raise taxes! Taxpayers pay a school tax road tax state tax taxed on cars trucks homes insurance! Everything we buy is taxed one way or the other! How many more and how much more can we give ? These politicians say it’s a shame you have to have both family members working to make ends meet but it’s their taxation that has caused the problem!

Esther Grenfell
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 6:10am

what happened to using the tax on "pot" to fix the roads? How about more tax on booze?
how about we use taxes earmarked for something to be used on that exactly.........what is the lottery money used on? was suppose to be used on our schools?

BigDCvx
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 8:23am

How much will the highest gas tax (and close to the highest gas price) discourage tourism?

Subee
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 9:04am

I moved to Michigan to cut my property taxes down to a quarter of what I paid before living here, so, no, property taxes are low. And what would be a more palatable way to pay for roads? Gas taxes are easy to capture..no new bureaucracy has to be created. Not driving a living room around would help. Business folks who need that huge thing on wheels would be able to take deductions as a business expense. It's not going to be pleasant no matter how our money gets taken. What are your ideas on a better way?

Kathi Geukes
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 9:09am

When the tax would cost us less than $5.00 a week and that's driving 56 miles a day....that's pretty cheap for better roads.....not to mention the cost savings with not having to buy new tires every 6 months, the front end alignments, and added benefits with keeping our cars in better repair....I don't see what the complaint is....either you want better roads and longer lasting vehicles or you don't.....to me that between being smart or super stupid!!!! If you're driving a lot more than we are, maybe you should start driving smarter.....ok I'm done!!

Henry Y.
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 9:29am

It’s apparent from the feedback I get and the comments posted here that there is a trust issue. It’s not just about how much money you save on car repairs but the taxes you pay in total. Just take a look at your Winter tax bill. People feel smothered. The Governors points are well taken, a pool of taxpayers and a general fund that hasn’t grown but costs of fixing our roads has. Several years ago Michigan’s businesses got a $1.8 billion dollar tax break paid for taxing pensions. It,s time for to ask for that tax break back to help pay to fix our infrastructure.

David Fischer
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 9:33am

You calculator does not include the extra freight cost on everything we buy.

Whitmer’s plan is a non starter. Why are you trying so hard to promote it rather than help find alternatives

Need to fix the allocation formula before increasing taxes

Need to reallocate currents funds and investigate the MCCA for funds first

With the insurance reform seems the MCCA really needs review

WILLARD E. ROHRBECK
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 10:14am

WHY DON'T THEY TAKE THE INTEREST FROM THE CATASTROPHIC INS. FUND AND SEE HOW FAR THAT GOES AND THEN BACK WITH US FOR THE DIFFERENCE? MAKES TO MUCH SENSE? PROBABLY.

David Andrews
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 10:18am

What do Rhode Island, California, Hawaii, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oklahoma, New Mexico, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Washington have in common?

Forbes declares that each of these twelve states (and there may be others) have roads that are worse than Michigan!

David Andrews
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 10:23am

STATE CONSTITUTION (EXCERPT)
CONSTITUTION OF MICHIGAN OF 1963

Article IX § 9
§ 9 Use of specific taxes on fuels for transportation purposes; authorization of indebtedness and issuance of obligations.
Sec. 9.

All specific taxes, except general sales and use taxes and regulatory fees, imposed directly or indirectly on fuels sold or used to propel motor vehicles upon highways and to propel aircraft and on registered motor vehicles and aircraft shall, after the payment of necessary collection expenses, be used exclusively for transportation purposes as set forth in this section.
Not less than 90 percent of the specific taxes, except general sales and use taxes and regulatory fees, imposed directly or indirectly on fuels sold or used to propel motor vehicles upon highways and on registered motor vehicles shall, after the payment of necessary collection expenses, be used exclusively for the transportation purposes of planning, administering, constructing, reconstructing, financing, and maintaining state, county, city, and village roads, streets, and bridges designed primarily for the use of motor vehicles using tires, and reasonable appurtenances to those state, county, city, and village roads, streets, and bridges.
The balance, if any, of the specific taxes, except general sales and use taxes and regulatory fees, imposed directly or indirectly on fuels sold or used to propel motor vehicles upon highways and on registered motor vehicles, after the payment of necessary collection expenses; 100 percent of the specific taxes, except general sales and use taxes and regulatory fees, imposed directly or indirectly on fuels sold or used to propel aircraft and on registered aircraft, after the payment of necessary collection expenses; and not more than 25 percent of the general sales taxes, imposed directly or indirectly on fuels sold to propel motor vehicles upon highways, on the sale of motor vehicles, and on the sale of the parts and accessories of motor vehicles, after the payment of necessary collection expenses; shall be used exclusively for the transportation purposes of comprehensive transportation purposes as defined by law.
The legislature may authorize the incurrence of indebtedness and the issuance of obligations pledging the taxes allocated or authorized to be allocated by this section, which obligations shall not be construed to be evidences of state indebtedness under this constitution.

David Andrews
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 10:31am

Please read my other two posts here first.

Now that we know that Michigan DOES NOT have the worst roads in the nation - not even the bottom 10 of the nation, and

Now that we know that the Michigan Constitution requires gas tax to be used for Highways, County roads, city streets and other transportation uses,

Please, tell me again why you want me to give you another $0.45 per gallon of gas when you are not now properly using what I give you already, and you intend to ignore the wishes of the people as expressed in the 1963 Michigan Constitution and revisions we have made to our Constitution.

Special question for the Bridge: Were you aware of the LIES being propagated on your pages by politicians? Now that you are aware, will you bring us the truth on a platter?

Geoffrey Owen
Sun, 06/02/2019 - 11:11am

$12.50 per week for damage vs $12.50 per week for gas tax. Better roads vs construction delays. 21st century roads vs cowpaths. Why do we keep acting like retards and allowing our infrastructure to erode and the cost of repairs to get so far out of hand? Why have our elected officials acted this way for 20 years.

Steve
Mon, 06/03/2019 - 8:50am

All we are doing is throwing good money after bad if we don`t do 2 things. Outlaw 80 ton trucks and use less salt and more hot sand. If these 2 things don`t happen, why bother. Nothing will change.

Lennie
Mon, 06/03/2019 - 9:23am

Actually Gretchen is on the right track. There should be an increase in fuel taxes. But not at a state level, the feds should be doing this. We really don't have much of any intelligent vision with energy consumption which the exception of CAFE which is a goofball's excuse for policy. Raise national fuel taxes and let the market drive the purchase of vehicles. While the emissions standards are related, what VW did with diesels shows that the results are not. The EPA can still regulate the footprint but walk away from a phony CAFE standard that only results in political noise.

The problem Whitmer has is that she told the truth. That she would divert revenue to prop up other programs. Can't anger the MEA I guess, they want to continue a top heavy structure of incompetence. It's sad that so much funding gets wasted and excused by the political correctness and corruption. Government does little and shouldn't to choose winners or losers in the business arena. But it sure does all it can to hold the hands of those it employ's via nepotism or political favor. Time for a top to bottom restructuring.

Christine
Fri, 06/28/2019 - 6:11pm

Just OPEN UP the Second HIDDEN BOOK C.A.F.R.
where money sits and COLLECTS INTERESTS.
Fleecing of American PEOPLE