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Lawmakers Debate Road Funding Proposal

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - We all know that Michigan roads need repairs, but where will the money come from?

The senate republican leader has proposed a four year phase in a tax increase to eventually raise 1.5 billion to fix the roads.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick tells us how much you may have to pay.

“You will pay more gasoline tax than you do today.”

The Richardville proposal would hike the wholesale gas tax to 7.5 percent, which he claims will raise a bundle to fix your favorite pot hole.

“That would create in the first year, somewhere around $6-$650 million, the next year $850 million, next year somewhere around a billion and eventually would get us to the $1.4 billion-$1.5 billion to fix that we need in order to fix the structural problem,” said State Senator Randy Richardville, (r), Senate GOP Leader.

This senate committee added additional dollars to the $450 million passed by the house recently by eliminating a discount on your new car registration fees.

“That will help raise in the neighborhood of $140 million or so per year for the transportation fund,” said State Senator Roger Kahn (r), Senate Budget Chair.

But the democrats complain that if you raise the price of gas for drivers, then something else should be done to take the sting out of that.

”We want to make sure that the citizens…we keep piling it on, we nickel and dime them and we nickel and dime them into the poor house,” said State Senator Morris Hood, (d), Detroit.

But the senate republican leader does not want to horse trade with the democrats.

“If I was a democrat leader and we’re talking about republicans voting for our majority of the votes necessary to pass a tax increase in an election year and put 30,000 plus workers to work, I'd be hard pressed to ask for something more,” said

But the senate democratic leader will ask for something before this debate is over.

However, even if the two sides make a deal, this package will not immediately resolve the problem.

“The bill they are talking about now actually goes in effect January 1 of next year, so it’s not something that’s going to start tomorrow,” said Kirk Stuedle, MDOT, Director.
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