It looks like the infamous gas tax plans are DOA for now. However, there's more taxes being discussed.
From the Argus
LANSING — Legislative leaders are getting closer to a deal that would raise $1.2 billion a year needed to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads — but it could mean a hike in the state’s 6 percent sales tax.
Voters could be asked, probably next year, to support an increased sales tax. The plan that seems to be getting the most traction would ask voters to raise the sales tax to 7 percent and revise how the increased revenue is spent.
The top Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature — the Senate’s majority and minority leaders, Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, and Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, and House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, and House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills — have been meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder to come up with a plan to fix the state’s roads.
Snyder’s proposal to raise registration fees and gas taxes was “a nonstarter,” Richardville said Wednesday.
“We didn’t want to touch registration fees or raise the amount that people pay at the gas pump. That’s crazy,” he said.
Currently, the 6 percent sales tax on gasoline purchases raises about $1.2 billion and goes mostly toward and cities. Under the new plan, roads would get $1.2 billion, and the increased revenues from a higher across-the-board sales tax would go toward schools and cities.
“Speaker Bolger wants to fix the problem of taxes paid at the pump not all going to roads but doesn’t want to solve one problem by creating another,” said Ari Adler, spokesman for Bolger. “That’s why he is open to ideas on how to address money for schools and local governments through a change in the sales tax.”
The Legislature would vote to put it on the ballot, although two-thirds majorities in the Legislature must agree to put a tax increase on the next statewide ballot. That would take lawmakers off the hook for voting for a tax increase.
While I'm not opposed to putting all of the gas tax to roads, government has not earned more money to spend period. No more tax increases.