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State senator wants to double gas tax by 2018

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

The Michigan Senate wants to raise more money to fix Michigan's crumbling roads, a lot more.

In Lansing the House has already passed a road funding plan. Now the Senate is coming up with some revisions that include doubling what residents currently pay for gas taxes.

"Roads are in terrible shape," state Sen. Roger Kahn said.

Kahn chairs the Infrastructure and Modernization Committee. He supports a proposal to significantly raise the state's gas tax from 19 cents a gallon to about 46 cents by 2018.

"It would happen gradually over four years. It would double from what it is now," Kahn said.

He said the proposal would raise nearly $1.5 billion. He argues money is desperately needed to fix Michigan's crumbling roads and infrastructure.

"I found across Michigan about 75 percent of people believe roads are inferior and dangerous," Kahn said.

Other lawmakers disagree.

Sen. Mike Green said most of the constituents he's heard from said they think gas prices are high enough already and they don't want a tax increase, even if it means better roads.

"I've been hearing from people from my district on the phone and it was overwhelmingly against paying more gas taxes," Green said.

TV5 posted a web poll on Wednesday asking viewers what they would like to see happen to fix Michigan roads.

The overwhelming favorite so far is the toll road option, which has garnered 60 percent of the votes. Raising the sales tax is the next closest with 31 percent. But the option that is gaining the most steam in Lansing is the least favorite option among voters.

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