Michigan governor proposes 45-cent tax to fix state’s roads

Posted at 3:30 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 16:30:34-05

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first executive budget will propose phasing in a 45-cent fuel tax increase to “fix the damn roads,” her administration confirmed Monday ahead of her highly anticipated budget presentation.

The Detroit News reports that the tax increase would be phased in over three separate intervals, beginning in October, spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said. The rate would increase again in April 2020 and be fully phased in by October of that year.

The governor’s budget will also include “protections to help offset the cost to people’s pocketbooks, which she will talk more about tomorrow,” Brown said.

So much for those irritated drives in Michigan. But would a similar plan work in Texas?

Considering the potholes and continuous construction in Corpus Christi and other parts of the state, would you be willing to pay an increased gas tax if they “fixed the damn roads.”

Would you be willing to dig into your pocketbook to make sure the roads are in good working order?