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State chamber pushes for user fees to fund road plan

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM

President and CEO Rich Studley said Friday that legislators should first act to put a plan in place before turning to voters.

A proposal introduced in the Michigan Senate would amend the state Constitution to raise the 6 percent sales tax to 8 percent and eliminate state fuel taxes.

Studley said the ballot proposal would delay action.

The state Chamber of Commerce plans to push a plan funded primarily by user fees such as shifting the gas tax to a percentage of the wholesale price of fuel and raising vehicle registration fees.

Raising more money for roads is one of the business group's top priorities this year.

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