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.
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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.