Asphalt can only be made in warmer temperatures, so maybe it’s fitting that the transportation fix-it solution cooked up by the lame-duck legislature in Lansing last December is being voted on in warm, sunny May.
Whether voters’ moods match the weather is uncertain.
As Election Day arrives, here’s your short-and-perhaps-oversimplified version of Proposal 1, for those who may have been avoiding the debate so far.
Here’s what it would do, should the measure pass: It would raise the state sales tax by a penny (17 percent). It would change the fuel tax, removing sales tax and the flat per-gallon tax and instituting a new gas tax of 14.9 percent, based on the wholesale price of fuel. Obviously that’s a changing figure, but at current gas prices, the consumer’s price at the pump would rise by about a dime per gallon.
All of this would raise money for Michigan’s transportation infrastructure, and a lot more. Money would also go to the School Aid Fund, revenue sharing for local municipalities and the state general fund. It’s about $2 billion the first year, and falls after that to level out at around $1.2 billion a year for transportation, the amount Gov. Rick Snyder says is needed to improve Michigan’s pitted roads and bridges.
And yes, this is the short version. Proposal 1 is a big, complicated piece of legislation, and for readers who want to know more, here are some useful links to Bridge coverage:
Whatever your sentiments, make sure you know the facts about Proposal 1 and vote Tuesday on this important measure.