Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Transportation Tax passes committee

You got to be kidding me. This is the last thing we need right now in this state. Higher diesel taxes. That means there is going to be an increase in shipping costs. Be prepared to pay more for food and everything else that is shipped.

From Crains Detroit Business

Legislation that would increase by 4 cents the Michigan diesel fuel tax paid by truckers on Tuesday took a step forward in the state Senate.

The Senate Transportation Committee approved SB 862, which would increase the tax paid by a motor carrier from 15 cents to 19 cents a gallon, and SB 863, which would direct the revenue that’s raised to repairing bridges.

Both bills are sponsored by committee chairman Sen. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac.

As approved by committee, the legislation allocates revenue produced from 2 cents of the increase to repairing state bridges, and puts revenue from the remaining 2 cents toward repairing local bridges, Gilbert said.

 The worst part? This is sponsored and led by a Republican! Jud Gilbert. He wrote it. I need to look up who else supported this in committee. Senators Gilbert (C), Kahn (VC), Van Woerkom, Basham (MVC), and Gleason are the committee members.

Unless the sales tax is eliminated from fuel, this needs to die. Hopefully Bishop sits on this.

There's a better way to fund transportation. Take the sales tax out of gasoline and transfer that to transportation.

1 comment:

Communications guru said...

You don’t need to look it up, everybody but Kahn put the good of the state above politics and voted no. Obviously, Kahn is more worried about running for reelection next year than making sure Michigan’s crumbling bridges are safe. It would make the tax on diesel fuel the same tax as regular drivers pay. Considering how much damage huge, overweight trucks cause, it’s only fair. They should lower the truck weight limits as well. We have some of the highest truck weights in the nation.