LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan motorists could be paying over $260 per car when they buy their next license plates under a measure introduced in the state Senate. It's part of a multi-bill package to raise $1.5 billion for the roads.
It was less than a month ago that the governor proposed more money for the roads and now the bill is in the hopper in the Senate--that's major progress, but just the beginning.
According to Senator Roger Kahn, is pushing for higher car registration fees that, depending on the cost of your car, it could cost you a hefty $266 buck per car.
"This is the beginning of the journey. I'm not forcing any kind of negotiation. I'm not saying these have to be the ultimate bills that are run," said Senator Kahn.
Others have suggested that trucks ought to be included in this package because they do damage to the roads. But the Senate GOP leader argues even though Michigan has the highest weight limits in the country, the trucks also have more axles which means proportionately speaking, Michigan is the same as all the other states.
"Trucks are paying their fair share," said Senator Randy Richardville. "The question you want to ask, do you wnt to reduce the weight and the number of axles and have twice as many trucks on the road?"
Meanwhile the democrats are not ready to exchange votes with the governor just yet. In fact, the governor's idea of placing a two cent sales tax on the ballot for the roads draws this opposition.
"If the republicans are going to insist on doing a new regressive tax on our people after the last two years have impacted our working families and seniors, I am not going to endorse another regressive tax on our people," said Senator Senator Gretchen Whitmer.
In other words the $1.5 billion road package remains a political work in progress.