Michigan lawmakers to vote on gas tax bill Tuesday - WNEM TV 5

Michigan lawmakers to vote on gas tax bill Tuesday

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

When people hear Michigan has one of the highest gas taxes in the country they wonder where all of the money goes.

It would be hard to answer that question with roads after taking a look at some of the conditions across the state. The road conditions are prompting state legislators to look at doubling the already high gas tax.

No one likes to pay more for less, but Michigan drivers pay the sixth highest fuel tax in the nation. Despite that, it spends among the lowest on roads.

The perceived paradox has Charlie Booth upset. His EZ Pro delivery company spends as much as $8,000 each month on fuel.

"How in the hell can they have this going on? Where's the money," Booth asked.

Lansing lawmakers could vote to increase the gas tax by more than 25 cents a gallon over the next four years, as early as Tuesday. It's an issue that has businesses divided on the perceived outcome.

Greg Causley, owner and president of Causley Trucking, said he spends nearly $8 million on fuel each year. But he said the prospect of higher gas prices doesn't concern him. He's actually in favor of it.  

Based on gas prices at $3.85 per gallon, drivers currently pay about 41 cents in state tax. Of that only 19 cents goes to improving roads and the other 22 cents is a sales tax that goes to improving schools and local government.

Michigan ranks 33rd in road spending. If the bill passes, the revenue from the fuel tax would create $1.5 billion, lifting Michigan up to 24th place on spending per lane mile of road.

A vote on the bill is supposed to be held Tuesday. TV5 tried to get in touch with a number of lawmakers on how they intend to vote, but most denied to say.

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