From the Port Huron Times-Herald
Recently, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a bill Gilbert sponsored last year that will create a task force and citizen advisory committee charged with proposing alternative revenue sources to pay for the state's transportation needs.
Much of the state's roads budget is generated by the 19-cent tax on each gallon of gasoline sold. Cars, however, have grown increasingly fuel efficient, and Wednesday, the price of a barrel of oil passed the $100 threshold - forcing prices at the pump up.
Gilbert said Thursday no legislator "on either side of the aisle" is prepared to raise taxes. He then proposed two solutions that would potentially raise taxes.
The state, he said, could adopt a "mileage tax" whereby each persons' mileage would be recorded at the gas pump and taxed in place of the traditional gas tax. A task force in Oregon has proposed such a solution to that state's roads budget crisis.
He also suggested the task force consider raising the sales tax one penny.
OK, what the hell am I paying $3.20 (Well above national average) a gallon for then?
18.4 cents is federal tax.
19 cents is Michigan gas tax
Most importantly, 6% sales tax is also applicable.
What could have been going to roads has been going to that damn new MSP HQ thanks to a sweetheart deal between the democrats and big donor and MSU trustee Joel Ferguson.
We supposedly have this new "surplus" before the tax increases taking place.
We do not need a tax increase to fix the roads. We just need good budgetary sense, something foreign to governments.