LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Senate GOP leader has rejected two of the revenue proposals the governor has talked about: higher registration fees and a new wholesale gas tax.
(Reporter) You are saying the registration fee and the gas tax thing wont fly? "Yeah, I am," said Senator Randy Richardville.
That is a major shift because up to this point, the governor has talked about using those revenue increases to raise $1.2 billion the roads. But the longer they sat out there, the stronger the push back grew.
"I'm not convinced that the people in my district are ready to double the registration fees or double the gas tax," said Senator Darwin Booher.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, who would have to notify motorists that their registration fees were going up, bailed out, too, saying she won't endorse that. Richardville has sensed the mounting opposition and basically chucked these plans and searches for alternatives with this goal in mind.
"We'd like the price at the pump to be pretty much the same. So we'll have to look for other solutions for the funding deficit that would cause," said Richardville.
Richardville says they may look at imposing a registration fee on electric and hybrid cars. They'll also look at annually boosting registration fees based on inflation.