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Road Funding Heading For Final Votes

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(WLNS) - An additional 360 million dollars could be on the way to fix Michigan's roads as committee action in the Michigan House is teed-up for final votes.

Currently state collects a sales tax, use tax and a 19cent a gallon gas tax at the pump.

The House transportation committee is poised and the chair of the House tax policy committee is moving this week to redirect the sales and use tax into the roads instead of the schools and the cities. It's a $360 million windfall for the roads.

"We have some of the highest tax in the country when it comes to roads but most of it is going to municipalities and schools, "says Rep. Jeff Farrington.

Reporter: "Those groups won't be hurt?"
Representative: "No way and we are going to pass this with good bi-partisan support."

For over two years the state transportation director
and the governor have wanted to shift the gas tax to a wholesale tax on oil companies so that when the price of gas goes up, the state's road coffers will automatically gain more money.

Mark Griffin, a lobbyist for gas station convenience stores, complains that is a price increase for you.

"I think they will cost the consumer more money."
Reporter: "And this will be done without a vote of the legislature?"
Griffin: "Correct. "

But the MDOT director Kirk Stuedle counters, the oil companies, in order to remain competitive, may not automatically pass the increases along to you.

"It's not automatic. This allows for competition and the oil companies could decide not to pass along the cost increases to gain a competitive advantage."

While the committee vote this week, the chatter continues on finding more than $500 million for the roads.

This democrat says the governors office has reached out.

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer says, "They are looking for a lot of help to get a lot more money but can they put it together before the election. That is the big question."

It's a question the governor hopes will be a yes then he and lawmakers up for reelection can run on the platform that they finally fixed the roads

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