New fix for funding pothole repair adds cost at the fuel pump - WNEM TV 5

New fix for funding pothole repair adds cost at the fuel pump

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Martin Mata is like most drivers. He wants to get from point A to point B both cheaply and safely.

"Some of the roads you got to go 15 miles per hour on because there's so many potholes and things like that on them," Mata said.

A new fix on the table in Lansing could be the solution. In order to fix potholes and damaged roads, you may have to start paying a little bit extra at the pumps.

The current gas tax sits at 19 cents, but legislators are considering raising it by 15 cents to gain extra revenue.

"I heard the lottery was supposed to pay for schools and roads,” Mata said. “As far as I can see, the schools are getting shut down, the roads, I hear we have got the worst roads around right now. So I don't think that's very fair we should pay more for gas to fix the roads."

But not everyone is against the increase. Some say it's a fair price to pay for better roads.

Lance Binoniemi, from the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, empathizes with residents trying to avoid potholes.

"We all know someone or have had it ourselves: a bent rim, a blown tire, even more serious repairs that need to be done because of our poor roads," Binoniemi said.

The MITA says the cost of the tax is nothing next to the cost of repairs.

"That's just pennies in what we can save in repair costs," Binoniemi said.

But Mata, like many drivers said his wallet is already hurting and doesn't need any more burden.

"To make us pay more for gas that's already high, that's not very fair," Mata said.

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