Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to fix Michigan roads: Nearly triple gas tax

Michigan road conditions are among the worst in the nation. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is set to propose steep gas tax increases to fund their repair.

How much would a 45-cent gas tax cost you?

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to nearly triple the state's gas tax to raise about $2 billion per year for roads. The 45-cent increase would bring Michigan's gas tax to 71.3 cents a gallon, the highest in the nation. Pennsylvania is now the highest at 57.6 cents per gallon. Here's a quick way to see how much more per week and year you'd pay if gas taxes rose 45 cents a gallon.

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to nearly triple Michigan’s gas tax, adding another 45 cents per gallon to fix the state’s roads, her administration confirmed Monday.

The proposal will come Tuesday as the Democratic governor unveils her first budget, which would need approval from the House and Senate, both controlled by Republicans. Fox 2 Detroit first reported initial details of the proposal on Monday afternoon.

The tax increase would come in three 15 cent-per-gallon installments, phased in every six months, Tiffany Brown, Whitmer’s press secretary, told Bridge Magazine.

The increase would be atop the state’s current tax of 26.3 cents per gallon, and if approved would give Michigan’s the highest gas tax in the nation, according to Bridge Magazine calculations.

“The governor has also included a plan/protections to help offset the cost to people’s pocketbooks,” Brown wrote in a text message.

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More details — such as how much revenue the proposal would be expected to generate — will come Tuesday, budget office spokesman Kurt Weiss told Bridge.

But it’s believed the increase would generate about $2 billion, close to the amount of added annual revenue experts say is needed to meaningfully repair the state’s battered roads.

A spokesman for House Speaker Lee Chatfield said the Levering Republican would refrain from commenting on the proposal until Tuesday.

Amber McCann, a spokeswoman for Sen. Majority Leader Shirkey, said the Jackson Republican “would first like the governor to work with the Legislature to save families money by reforming car insurance.”

“Saving people money is the caucus priority before considering a gas tax increase,” she wrote in an email.

Less than two weeks ago, Shirkey did say that the state likely needed to spend more money on roads after Whitmer’s state of the state address. He wants to look within the budget for some money but also said new revenue was needed to address a roads problem “50 years in the making.”

Laura Cox, chairwoman of the state GOP, noted a “similar proposal” to raise money for roads was rejected in a landslide by state voters in 2015.  She said Whitmer’s proposal would “break many Michiganders’ budgets.”

“The people of Michigan deserve real solutions on this critical issue, not a tax and spend solution which places the burden on the states overtaxed families,” Cox said

Michigan's current gas tax rate is 25th highest in the nation but that doesn't include sales tax (6 percent). Only five other states levy sales tax against fuel ‒ Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Hawaii and West Virginia.

Whitmer’s plan would increase Michigan’s gas tax to 71.3 cents a gallon, well above the current highest, Pennsylvania, which tacks 57.6 cents to each gallon.

Among neighboring states, Michigan currently has lowest fuel tax, not including the sales tax, but not by much. Wisconsin is highest at 32.9 cents, then Indiana (29 cents) and Ohio (28 cents). But Republican Gov. Mike DeWine recently proposed an 18 cent increase in Ohio's fuel tax.

News of Whitmer’s proposed gas tax increase answers months of questions about how Whitmer plans to “fix the damn roads,” which became a rallying cry during her gubernatorial campaign last year against Bill Schuette, the former attorney general.

Whitmer’s plan follows years of calls to do more to fix Michigan’s roads, which are widely viewed as some of the worst in the nation. On Monday, the group Business Leaders for Michigan released a report calling Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges “a growing threat to our state’s economic vitality.”

“The deteriorating condition of Michigan’s roads poses huge challenges for our state’s future economic growth, not to mention and safety and overall quality of life,” Doug Rothwell, the group’s president, said in a news release.  

“With consistently poor ratings and the worst rankings in the U.S., Michigan’s infrastructure demands swift, bold solutions that are built to last.”

Whitmer's increase would cost another $225 per year for residents who drive 15,000 miles per year in cars that get 30 miles per gallon. Some studies suggest that's a fraction of the cost of auto repairs annually because of Michigan's lousy roads. 

By Whitmer's count, the average cost of roads-related repairs is $562 per motorist. Another company, TRIP, estimated it is closer to $865. 

Whitmer’s plan follows calls from one from a group of former lawmakers for a 10-year, 47 cent increase in fuel taxes –  roughly 5 cents a year for a decade – that would generate $2.6 billion a year when fully implemented.

Those protections did not account for automakers’ push toward hybrid and electric vehicles, which use less or no gasoline, or better vehicle fuel economy.

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Comments

Chuck Rondeau
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 5:19pm

The US has enjoyed underpriced gasoline for many years. As long as Michigan’s legislators continue to resist increasing taxes, they’re guilty of passing the buck. Do Michiganders understand that there’s NO FREE RIDE? Wake up, Michigan!

Joe LunchBucket
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 9:40pm

No free ride? Well then, why don't we turn every Michigan freeway into a toll road, and raise the fee to the point that people like you who think that the rest of us aren't pulling our weight start to feel it in the pocketbook and complain about it? Then we'll answer "No free ride. This is what you wanted."

Cjhsa
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 9:48pm

Your comment makes no sense. Typical liberal thought process.

Geoffrey Owen
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 1:17pm

His comment makes no sense. The second part of yours makes even less sense.

Jp
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 10:47pm

His comments make perfect sense just hard for you to see being closed minded...tired of people like you.

Dianne
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:05pm

I am wide awake in Michigan and have paid too much in Gas tax, Sales tax ,Federal and State tax, too much in property tax ,too much in License tax on every type of License. Wake up Michigan and vote Republican! Not Democratic socialists!

michael
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 11:16am

HOW ABOUT WE AS TAX PAYERS GET SOME ACCUONTABILITY FOR WHERE OUR MONEY IS GOING AND PUT EVERY DOLLAR TO WHAT WE ARE PAYING FOR TO WHAT WE ARE PAYING FOR

upjim2001
Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:37am

Obama spent one Trillion dollars to fix roads! Where is that money? Now the Democratic Governor here in Michigan wants to punish the Poor and Retired People here in Michigan to support your Phony Global arming Agenda. The people here in Michigan are smarter than that!

marcia curran
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 5:23pm

Maybe Michigan drivers don't realize that they are paying more for auto maintenance because of the mess our roads are in. Wouldn't it be better to pay for better roads than repairs to cars/trucks from damage caused by awful roads? That is not really hard to figure out. Also, by the way, I believe that electric car owners pay more for auto registrations than others do in order to make up for not paying gas taxes.

michael
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 11:23am

look I have been driving on Michigan roads for MANY years ( I'm 61 and lived here my whole life) and never in my life have I had to fix my car because of a hole in the road but then again I pay attention to the task at hand (not my cell phone) and drive around them instead of through them

TKD
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 5:35pm

Of course the republicans would complain. They don't try to solve problems just how to get elected.

rtbjr
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 8:15pm

And the Democrats solve problems ??? Smoke some more gangster ... P.S. I am not a Republican ...

Matt
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 5:42pm

For anyone near a state line, "Buy your damn gas in Indiana!" ... or OH or WI.

PLombard
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 5:47pm

Fine by me, but I don't see it getting past the legislature.

James Roberts
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 5:57pm

Gee, I wonder why she didn't tell us ill informed voters she would bringing us a 45 cent gas tax increase. give me a break.

Geoffrey Owen
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 1:54pm

She ran her campaign on fixing the roads. The price tag is $2 billion dollars. Do the math. She did not hide anything. Compromise might take the sales tax away from schools but the only thing worse than our neglected roads in Michigan is our neglected schools. We have bad roads for undereducated people.

James Roberts
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 4:24pm

You have a point that anyone with brains would have understood what such promises entail. However I am pretty sure that 90% of democratic voters believed it would come from somebody else, like always. I am also pretty sure that this is part of the 2020 election campaign, to get the republican legislature to jump on board, and run against those meanies who raised your gas taxes. Thankfully they are not going to fall for it as they are not as moronic as the demo voters.

James Roberts
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 5:11pm

you must have forgotten the debate where she straight up told Schutte he was lying when he said she wanted to raise gas taxes 20 cents a gallon. turns out she was right, he should have said 45 cents. if boggles the mind people believed her.

greg kimpan
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 5:17pm

Guess you forgot the debate when she told Schutte he was lying when he said she was going to raise gas taxes by 20 cents. Turns out he was wrong he should have said 45 cents. Boggles the mind she didn't know the extent of the problem until she got there. Where did she plan on finding the money?

michael
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 11:36am

excuses, excuses, excuses! what about the property taxes we pay for schools the lottery money that is suppose to be for schools but I never heard of the sales tax for the schools it's called accountability SHOW US WHERE OUR MONEY IS GOING

Chad
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 6:28pm

This is a complete joke. We already pay the highest insurance premiums in the country and now you want us to pay the highest gas tax in the country. I guess the Lottery Tax and Marijuana tax aren’t going where you all said they where supposed to go. Where’s that money.

Thomas
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 6:54pm

Well that statement very true but bottom line is that money went in there pockets consumer always left holding bag

Brian stark
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 6:40pm

just what we need more taxes less road fixing comes from a government that does know what it's like buy gas let alone even put it in there cars fix Dame roads maybe hire more road workers where one do work and four stand there watching

Mylon L. F.
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 7:01pm

Don’t worry the Governor is calling for more money to go to education as well.
We all can enjoy reading comments here as literacy gets a boost!

Andy
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 7:22pm

Is no one afraid of what this gas tax would do to "Pure Michigan" tourism? I sure don't plan to drive all over the state if taxes go up that much. All of a sudden a flight out of the state seems like the more appealing option for my vacation pleasure.

rtbjr
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 8:02pm

Who voted for this idiot governor ??? What are the politicians going to do when they tax $1.00 for every $1.00 we make ??? We are halfway there ... We are taxed approx. $0.50 for every $1.00 we earn now ... Free College Education, Free Health Care, Free Room and Board, Free Food, Free Electricity, Free Gas, Free Phone, Free TV, etc. ... Who do you think pays for this ??? You, the taxpayers ... Enough is enough ... Always vote "No" for a tax, no matter how well intentioned the tax is ... The government can find the money somewhere amongst the wasted money they already spend ... Wake up people, vote these tax raising idiots out of office ... Glad I live in Georgia and not Michigan ... P.S. I won't be visiting there either, I won't be able to afford the gas ...

Jb
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 8:45pm

Wasn't me!

Cjhsa
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 9:46pm

It’s clear that Democrats don’t care about anything but power and control. This tax will destroy the economy, wreck tourism, chase jobs out of state, and hurt the poor. Who do she represent? Who votes for socialists like her? No American I know. Only traitors and their ignorant admirers.

Bernadette
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:32am

For one, I am glad you won't be visiting Michigan. Michigan is trying to get back on it's feet after a ten year stint of gerrymandering and Republican control. We are in the bottom quarter of the country in all quality of life issues. Republicans have no insight into how to solve problems they just keep up their mantra of no taxing. I for one have run a business and understand the balance of income and revenue.
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If you have no solutions keep your nasty comments in Georgia. The day of big mouth republicans bullying their way around is over.

rtbjr
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 5:39pm

Bernadette, Who pissed in your Corn Flakes ??? What did I say that was nasty ??? I am not a Republican ... Give the government all your money, if you want ... You state "We are in the bottom quarter of the country in all quality of life issues" ... And raising taxes is the "Cure All" ??? I don't think so ... You might understand "the balance of income and revenue", but the government sure doesn't ... I see you state you "Ran" a business, what happened ??? I know, the Republicans put you out of business with their lower taxes ... Michigan's infrastructure has been in a downward spiral for more than 10 years ... If you think raising taxes is going to repair Michigan's problems, you are dead wrong ... The solution is to vote Miss Whitmer out of office and vote for someone (Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, Socialist, Communist, etc. "Good Luck" ...) who is willing to reallocate money to where it is needed the most ... Quit you whining , blaming everyone else, being ugly to strangers and get your "Head out of the Sand" ... P.S. I am sure Michigan is a beautiful, cultured state and my intention is not to put it or it's people down, just the politicians, you seem to admire so much, taking all of your constituents "Hard Earned Money" and pissing it away ...

Bernadette
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 9:19am

Wow, another nasty, bullying comment. And you don't see it. No surprise.

Calling people idiots for one does nothing to add to the solution. Being an outsider looking in you have no understanding of our experience. The question you need to ask yourself is why "our politicians piss you off". When someone or something pushes your buttons, you need to look inside of yourself to see why. You pushed my buttons because you act like a know it all, who has all the solutions, when you don't know a thing about our experience. My head is out of the sand for your information I am very involved in making the changes to eliminate the corruption of MI government.

There are no easy answers to this situation, but holding people accountable is a good start. Simple minded republicans use the mantra that they will not raise taxes, in fact they will cut taxes. As a citizen of MI I have a responsibility to my fellow citizens to create a better system of government. My experience in the past ten years is the greed and corruption of the people in power to make their lives better, and not work in the best interest of all.

Keep your anger in Georgia. Use that energy to change things there. This is my community and I for one am tired of looking at the pain and suffering of so many people in this state.

John Q. Public
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 9:36pm

From the beginning of 2011 through the end of 2018--for eight straight years--

Republicans controlled the Michigan House and its agenda.
Republicans controlled the Michigan Senate and its agenda.
Republicans controlled the Michigan governor's office and its agenda.

They did nothing to solve the problem, and arguably made it worse. You take it from there.

John S.
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:51pm

As always, where's the money? The governor seems to be signalling right away that she's a tax and spend Democrat. "Fix the roads" was at the top of her agenda, and she recognizes the need to achieve some success here. Still, a $.45 increase seems more like an opening proposal rather than one that she would be ready to settle for. It is similar to unions asking for a large pay raise when they know that they will be settling for less.

Richard schultz
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:09pm

No more added taxes. You Democrats only want to take more and more you already caused us to loose our business in 2006 with the added business taxes and you tax retirement funds. You should have to live on what I make.

David Andrews
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:48pm

Here is the problem with this plan:
1: We know for certain that our taxes will triple, with the associated cost to business in this state; As a business person in this state, I will not just absorb the extra tax - my rates will increase for the services I provide.
2: We may get $2B per year increased spending on roads although I doubt it, I Suspect those Lansing fools will find ways to spend that money that will be hidden in highway bills but do not improve highways.
3: We do not know if we are going to get better, higher quality roads or just more orange barrels every summer on our highways. The immediate infusion of $2B into road construction is guaranteed to LOWER road build quality as the state will have to lower the standards to bring more contractors into the game.

The state needs to build better roads not just rebuild roads more often. State highways (M-##) need to improve to the quality standards now in place for Interstate Highways, County roads need to come up to current state road quality.

If you expect us to each pay several hundred dollars more in tax each year, you darn well ensure we get what we are paying for, and make sure those tax dollars don;t wander off to areas other than the roads.

Some of us remember when Michigan had the second best roads in the country and the highway trust fund was fat with money!

R.L.
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:51pm

Alpena gas prices went from $2.03 to $2.55 in just over three weeks. That is a 25% raise. .Supposedly the U.S. is the number one oil producer in the world. Peace R.L.

Geoffrey Owen
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 2:03pm

That is another political issue and has to do with sanctioning oil from Venezuela. Maybe it will come down once we execute our coup on their government and steal the oil the way our banks stole their money. Granted, the pricing of gasoline has always been rigged. By the way, the increase hit downstate before Alpena.

Gloria Sanders
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:53pm

Is she crazy? We can barely afford to partially fill out tank too get to work, doctor's appointments, to buy groceries.
This is just the beginning, Michigan will again be in ruins before she leaves office. No consolation that I didn't vote for her. Foolish, just foolish.

FED UP!!!
Thu, 03/07/2019 - 2:38pm

YEAH!!! to you Gloria, I couldn't have said it better myself, you are SO RIGHT!!!! Another Granholm just like they said she would be!!!!

Gloria Sanders
Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:53pm

Is she crazy? We can barely afford to partially fill out tank too get to work, doctor's appointments, to buy groceries.
This is just the beginning, Michigan will again be in ruins before she leaves office. No consolation that I didn't vote for her. Foolish, just foolish.

Dino
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 6:20am

From Michigan here, we are all awake and raising tax is not the ultimate solution in FIXING THE DAMN ROADS. Raising taxes is not always the solution!

WE PAY the HIGHEST INSURANCE PREMIUMS in the country and now you want us to PAY THE HIGHEST GAS TAX in the country.

Maybe the our esteemed governor can put Lottery Tax and Marijuana tax to better use?

karl
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 6:23am

The US (State AND FED) takes about 1.5 times in gas tax revenue that it spends on roads . This does not include state road tax or commercial road tax. In Europe that rate is about 2.5 to nearly 4 times. Essentially drivers and road professionals are being robbed and lied to. Some info.... dont be fooled. To believe a politiko is naive at best and ret@rded at worse ....

www.cato.org/blog/highways-gas-tax-diversions

Anna
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 7:52am

karl, even though I agree with your point that the politicians in both the US and Europe have been skimming money from their local and country-wide gasoline tax income for other purposes, I cannot let even your deliberate misspelling of "retarded" used as an insult pass unchallenged. These days, that usage is as unacceptable as the "n-word". You should delete it from your vocabulary if you want to be taken seriously, especially when talking politics.

Bones
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 9:57am

I love it when people reference CATO, because it means they can safely be ignored

Dino
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 6:24am

So our esteemed governor wants us to pay even more taxes.
We are paying the highest insurance premiums in the country and she wants us to pay the highest gas tax as well. I guess, the ultimate solution for democrats is to raise taxes for any issue that comes up.

So what do they plan on doing with the Marijuana and Lottery taxes?

Kevin Grand
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 6:34am

What a "bold" and original proposal!

Even for a democrat, no less.

If she even hinted at making such an asinine proposal last November, Gov. Whitmer would simply be Citizen Whitmer today.

She needs to go back to the drawing board.

This tax is D.O.A..

Matt
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 6:55am

Adding a gas tax is really counter-productive. As mobility changes, use of gas will decrease. The net gain ultimately will flatten. I agree we need funding to fix the roads but this just seems to kick the can farther down the road.

67firebird
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 7:34am

what did you liberal democrates expect? free road repairs too! This Jennifer Granholm all over again. Dems were warned about this person. Her campaign was nothing but lies. gas is cheap so hit it for a road tax? what happen when gas hit $4 again or more? Not my governor!

Amy Van Zandt
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 7:37am

I can tell you this we were actively seeking properties in UP Michigan but no longer we are now going to Wisconsin. I refuse to live in a state that allows Leftist policies to interfere in my way of living. They always raise taxes go after guns take away freedom of speech and a state that would elect Tailib is NOT any state I will ever live in.

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Chuck
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 8:23am

so she want to increase the gas taxes, well I like to know where the fees that they charge for plates renewal of roughly 432,031,747 go every year and this does not cover the taxes we spend on gas now. So I thinks they to stop this pork spending on things we dont need

Scott
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 8:32am

What about the people that commute 100 miles a day or more ? And whos vechical gets 30 miles to the gallon ? Where does she get her information from? Stop the over spending and waste. And cut 10% from every departments budget for 10yrs that will more than enough to fix the rds. How about that governor

Mike W.
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 8:45am

Solution: the taxpayers already pay taxes on a underutilized workforce being the Prison Population, costing on average $38,000 per inmate yearly. I say stop robbing the people to house the ones that already robbed sociality and make them repair roads and such. This will not only cut down on returning inmates, but give our states better roads and allow elected Union Buddies to take on some honest work.

Derek
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 11:54am

Are you kidding me!! Why not fix these auto insurance companies for stealing from its Michigan customers before TAXING us directly!! Here comes Granholms shadow folks. Another silver spoon that does not understand direct taxing of fuel is bad.

Michelle
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 11:54am

This is crazy - this will kill our tourism. All year round with boats, snowmobiles, trucks, cars, campers, etc.

Bill W
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 12:41pm

The issue is three fold in Michigan:
1) Underfunded and poorly managed highway and road commissions
2) Among the highest Vehicle Weight limits (more weight = more wear and tear on the roads)
3) Construction materials and processes awarded to the lowest bidder, often with the lowest quality, resulting in poor roads.

People complain that it is due to the weather, but Illinois, Indiana and Ohio have similar weather, and their roads are significantly better constructed. They do have toll roads, which help with the revenue, but they also use better materials and better construction.

michael
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 2:15pm

people get your facts straight about weight limits I am a truck driver and if I weigh 80,000# in Michigan I can go to ANY other state and be legal dont get me wrong there are some drivers that do drive over weight but that goes on in every state truck drivers pay a lot more in road tax than people think we pay at the pump and we pay what is called a IFTA tax along with the fact our plates cost around $2500 a year

Don
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 2:40pm

Please get your facts straight/non-misleading... The 80,000 lbs is a Federal-imposed limit on ALL states, while each state can have it's own intrastate weight limit that is higher than the 80,000 lbs, Michigan being 164,000 lbs. (see: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MDOT_013-4-16TruckWeightsMichiga...). In the noted document, Michigan tries to use lame-brained justification for these excessively high vehicle weights that likely can't be backed up with any real factual evidence.

michael
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 10:54am

If you read the whole law it depends on how many axles the truck has there is a weight limit per axle and it is the same as a truck that has 80,000# ……..I have been driving truck for 30 years besides its NOT the big trucks tearing up these roads its poor workmanship and quality roads its all about doing it as cheap as they can never mind that they wont last blaming it on the big trucks and weight is a cop out

michael
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 10:58am

also that is the same in every state it goes by axle and total weight also your truck has to be plated for the amount of weight you are hauling the more weight the more the plate also if you are hauling more weight than you are plated for you have to buy a special permit for every city you are driving through

Mich
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 1:19pm

I am baffled by most of the previous comments here.
Insurance premiums don't pay for roads. Better roads reduce insurance premiums.
Use the roads, pay for the roads - that's what a gas tax is. How else would you prefer to pay for them? Are republicans really saying that they want to get taxed on other goods to pay for the roads? Makes no sense. Republicans should be advocating for the 'use' tax and reducing other taxes. Roads cost A LOT of money, especially because everyone likes to drive so much. Why are you commuting 100 miles to work? I get it if you have to travel that far for a good job and can't move, but should everyone else be paying for that or you? Not to mention, driving so much drives up health care costs because everyone stopped walking anywhere and there's tons of pollution in the air. All of those costs should be considered.

We need to raise the gas tax.

rtbjr
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:34pm

Mich,
Never ever vote for a tax, no matter how well intentioned ... Even if you can personally absorb it, many people can't ... Approx. $0.50 of every $1.00 you and I earn goes to a tax, fee, surcharge, etc. ... Isn't that enough ??? IMHO, Donating/Giving Away 1/2 of my income is to much already ... Let the simple man, like you and me, keep that money and spend it at our discretion and that money will funnel through the economy helping everyone, including the government with added tax revenue from your and my purchases ... Excessive taxation and poor management will destroy a economy and the quality of life associated with that economy over time ...

Geoffrey Owen
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 1:49pm

Most of the comment posters here have a great way to save the $10 a week increase, just stay home and complain about it. It might have been a nickel increase if the past 20 years of government in Michigan had addressed the issue. And during the last 17 years the cost of gas was more than $3.00, more than the cost will be after the increase. 2-3 cents per mile with most cars. This is what Governor Whitmer said she would do and the voters elected her.

rtbjr
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 6:05pm

Geoffrey Owen, You state "Most of the comment posters here have a great way to save the $10 a week increase, just stay home and complain about it." ... Unlike you, not everyone has $520.00 per year ($10.00 x 52 weeks) more to shell out ... It would be better spent on their rent, mortgage, groceries, clothes, utility bills, savings account, etc. ... Staying at home will do wonders for Michigan economy ... You should run for office, you would fit right in ...

Agnosticrat 2.0
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 6:18am

Everyone has tons of money!
Haven’t you heard?
The Trump economy is working and we are all so rich that we are tired of it!!!!!!!!
Please forgive me for not doing all caps.

michael
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 2:05pm

before we get our taxes raised I want to know exactly where my tax dollars are going tired of paying taxes , taxes and more taxes and no proof that it is going where they say it is!!!!!

Zorro
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 2:47pm

I don't know how many times we've been promised better roads by raising this tax or another, but the results are always the same: the MI establishment politicians always seem to re-route those funds to some other special interest or "pork barrel" program with likely only a sliver of the funds going to what was promised. Why don't we just hold our politicians in Lansing to be fiscally responsible rather than taking the easy route by raising taxes. Keep it up and, by default, we'll see more people leave this state to go where the cost of living is much cheaper and taxes are less and then you'll have less people driving on the roads here!

dave f
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 5:14pm

No gas TAX
Raise SALES TAX instead

Sean of Detroit
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 6:40pm

No increase in taxes for the luxury of Mass motoring until the needs of the people are met. Sustainable transit needs to come before mass motoring. It is what we can afford. We need to live within our means!

Downgrade some roads, or take them out of service if you have to. More efficient forms of autonomous or public transit can do the job better.

Rise Up!
&
CHEERS!!!

~Sean of Detroit

rtbjr
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:48pm

Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to fix Michigan roads: Nearly triple gas tax ...

rtbjr's plan to fix Michigan roads: "Go Fund Me" page for all the commenters and other supporters who agree with this tax and unlimited taxation ...

I am sure from all of the "pro-tax" constituent's and their generous donations, that there will be money left over for a rainy day ...

Wooneye
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 4:33am

How about cutting welfare to fix roads for the working, tax-paying residents?

wooneye
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 4:35am

STOP welfare to pay for the roads.

John Q. Public
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 8:30am

Brilliant campaign strategy. Whitmer is not in front of the voters for four years. In 2020 the voters take it out on the first ones they can and bingo, she has a democratic legislature. Don't think the repubs are that unaware.

John Q. Public
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 6:16pm

That's the other John Q. Public, not me.

Mr Clean
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 4:48pm

Gretchen

Why don't you look at general obligation bonds and Federal Funding. In addition, please look at moving monies from low priority projects to repairing the roads.

michael
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 7:52pm

people PLEASE READ the Detroit free press article MICHIGAN'S CRUMBLING ROADS GET $300mil EXTRA IN STATE BUDGET "The $300 million is on top of about $1 billion already allocated to state freeways and close to $1.4 billion being distributed to local road agencies for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The state is beefing up road funding under a 2015 deal that hiked fuel taxes and registration fees and calls for gradually stepped-up road funding from the state's general fund."

Random Name
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 10:15pm

Are they accounting for the additional rise in all goods as a result of transportation costs? Ontop of that we pay an additional 6% in Sales tax on the consumer end price.

The bigger question is what's going on with the funds allocated to the roads in the past? Obviously we were capable of building them, so why aren't we able to maintain them?

People need to hold those with their hands in the cookie jar accountable before turning to the tax payer for solutions. Maybe private roads are the answer since government can't seem to manage funds properly?

Diane
Thu, 03/07/2019 - 9:26am

This is literally Highway Robbery. We already pay some of the highest gas taxes in the Country with some of the worst roads in the Country. Not all of the gas taxes have gone where they claimed it would go. And a lot of what she wants to steal from us will go for roads. A big portion will go in the cookie jar called General fund. So sick of Politicians on both sides.

Robert Smith
Thu, 03/07/2019 - 2:20pm

@$#@#% Democrats and there damn taxes. Guess what happened to all the last tax that was "for the roads" lol Fools. This beotch is reversing Michigan back to the in debt Granholm days.

FED UP!!!
Thu, 03/07/2019 - 2:35pm

Between the gas tax and what it costs for plate fees to drive (almost $300) for me in 2018 and car insurance, no wonder people can't afford to live. I say NO to this gas tax figure out another way to get the money. Some people live pay to pay and can't barely afford to eat right now or pay their damn rent, so Gretchen fix the damn roads with your own damn money, not ours, we're broke as it is!!! The only break we were getting in this economy was a decent price for gas!!!

Denise
Thu, 03/07/2019 - 5:39pm

Democrats hate poor people. Michigan's new Gov. Whitmer, a dim, is *TRIPLING* the state's gas tax, making it the highest gas tax in the United States.

This will cost Michiganders $600-1,200 more per year. Will not hurt anyone but those with little to zero disposable income...already struggling to survive.

This is what we get within the first six weeks of a dim back in power. Make MI like CA & NY

upjim2001
Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:31am

This is an attack on the poor and retired people who live in Michigan! She needs to be a one time Governor!

upjim2001
Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:37am

Obama spent one Trillion dollars to fix roads! Where is that money? Now the Democratic Governor here in Michigan wants to punish the Poor and Retired People here in Michigan to support your Phony Global arming Agenda. The people here in Michigan are smarter than that!

Holly
Mon, 03/11/2019 - 2:00pm

What I like to know still what happen to the already balanced budget that Snyder had...which already had the roads budgeted to be fixed prior to Whitmer even entering office is at? It was roller out, and she knew it was there...that is why she pushed so hard on the roads in her campaign, because Snyder already had it paid for! This gas tax is a gaint joke, and a scheme to take taxpayers money...Better find a way to account for even single dollar you gets tax revenue from this 'Gas Tax', or who know's what else she will make us pay for that we don't need to. Is this the new socialism Michigan? Next she will want taxpayers to pay for everybody's education...wait! She does! I am still paying off my own education. I have no desire to pay off somebody else's education. Say no to Dem. Socialism Michigan!

Anonymous
Thu, 03/14/2019 - 10:32am

You know they're full of it when they give you a calculator. You do realize raising the cost of gas raises the cost of everything else, right? It's not a simple MPG * miles * tax calculation ....

This is going to be a triple tax. We're going to pay more for gas, and then more for product, and then sales tax on top of it!!

They were able to build the roads with past revenue; why can't they maintain them? Has our revenue been going down? Nope!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.detroitnews.com/amp/34941571