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Double Funding For Michigan Roads Says MDOT Video – Higher Gas Taxes?

September 28, 2011

Our MDOT created a a video on the source of funding for our Michigan roads. Doubling of funds for roads is recommended by a bipartisan task force according to the video.

Vehicle registration fees, fed/state gas/diesel taxes and other fees are mentioned as sources for funds for Michigan roads. MDOT makes it clear that funding for Michigan roads doesn’t come from a sales tax, property tax or local taxes for roads.

According to the MDOT, revenues for funding roads and bridges has decreased significantly. Decrease in revenues is from the bad economy, better fuel mileage and more awareness of the need to conserve.

Our method for creating revenues is described as ‘outdated’ by the video.What are the implications of this observation?

Will our Michigan government call for higher gas taxes?  Could this be linked to the bridge Snyder wants built?

Increased federal funds for our roads is one justification for building the bridge.

Would you be open to higher state gas taxes or the new bridge in order to improve our roads?

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