AFP: Transportation Package Puts Tax Hikes on Autopilot, But Leaves Room for Taxpayer-Friendly Solutions

May 08, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Americans for Prosperity-Michigan expressed disappointment over a key component contained in the 10-bill transportation package taken up by House lawmakers today, saying a wholesale gas tax will result in less transparency and automatic annual tax hikes. Scott Hagerstrom, state director of the grassroots group, issued the following statement:

“The majority of Michigan drivers probably don’t even realize that this package makes annual gas tax hikes automatic. Michigan citizens want the roads fixed, but its doubtful they support automatic yearly increases in the taxes they pay at the pump.

“Thankfully, lawmakers steered clear of a massive tax hike, meaning there is still room to advance taxpayer-friendly solutions for fixing the roads. We will continue to engage citizens in this ongoing conversation and explore pro-taxpayer alternatives with state lawmakers.

“By earmarking revenue for road repair that was previously being siphoned off to the general fund, our lawmakers have at least taken a step toward establishing better spending priorities. Michigan drivers already pay the 5th-highest taxes on gasoline in the country. A massive tax hike is not the solution for fixing Michigan’s roads.”

Americans for Prosperity-Michigan is a statewide organization of more than 90,000 activists committed to strengthening our constitutional government, establishing fiscal restraint, and giving taxpayers greater control over government. We are dedicated to recruiting, training, educating and motivating grassroots activists to be effective in their own communities. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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