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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – It's hard to find someone who hasn't complained about the roads in Michigan. But will Michigan residents be willing to chip in--to fill up the state's potholes?
Old polls showed the answer was "no,” but they're singing a different tune tonight.
6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has more on what this means.
“A year ago only 30 percent of the people were willing to support any kind of tax increase or any kind of fee increase to pay for roads. This year that doubled.”
The 60 percent citizen support for more road revenue now is traceable to the lousy winter and the resulting potholes that drivers are dodging daily.
“For many motorists now it’s personal. Motorists have experienced damage to their cars because of bad roads,” said Rich Studley, Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
The statewide polling results show 50 percent of the drivers in Lansing have had damage to their cars or know a friend who’s been in the repair shop as well.
Not everyone in the poll wants to spend more on roads. This anti-tax lobbyist contends working families have had enough.
“The families of Michigan, the hard workers, working people of Michigan deserve better, they don’t need higher taxes. We already have the fifth highest tax and gasoline in the county,” said Scott Hagerstrom, Americans for Prosperity.
“A small percentage of people prefer that it just be paid out of current funds and don’t want to pay any additional dollars, but there's still over two thirds of the people willing to increase taxes, pay a little bit more money in order to fix the roads and do it for long term,” said Mark Shields, Marketing Resource Group Pollster.
The senate republican leader this week is expected to embrace more revenue for the roads by hiking the state sales tax on the wholesale price of gas.
The polling reveals 64 percent favor that, 28 percent are opposed. The chamber president warns lawmakers who vote no, you’re at risk.
“The real risk would be to vote no. I think the lawmakers who do nothing are the ones that will now be held accountable by their constituents,” said Rich Studley, Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
The battle of the roads and funding of same continues.