The recent spike in Michigan gas prices has caused a wave of news reports suggesting that it will be more difficult for lawmakers to increase gas taxes and registration fees in order to "Just Fix the Roads." But this shouldn't stop lawmakers attempts to find more money for roads, especially if they are a priority.
The persistent push for increasing taxes by $1.2-$1.6 billion to fund roads continues in Lansing tomorrow. For the second time this week, the House Transportation Committee will be meeting to discuss various bills that would increase the amount of state taxes residents of Michigan will pay per gallon of fuel. Contact your state legislators and tell them NO tax hike, prioritize spending first!
On behalf of the 88,000 members of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan, I write to express opposition to Senate Bill 257 as it pertains to Business Improvement Zones. We believe there is a high likelihood that the changes this legislation makes to Business Improvement Zones will exacerbate existing potential for these zones to favor certain business over others, and crowd out startup and incubator business.
Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held hearings on three bills: House Bill 4358, 4359, and 4539. Supporters of increasing taxes and fees on Michigan residents were out in plenty; suit after suit appeared to testify in support of raising an additional $1.4-1.6 billion dollars in order to "Fix the Roads." One voice missing from the discussion--You!
Raising taxes is never popular. But apparently raising the gas tax and making Michigan's gas tax the highest in the country didn't sit well with Michigan drivers. Lansing lawmakers have altered their proposed solutions, but don't get too excited. They still want to increase taxes instead of prioritizing spending.