The result is that less gas is being purchased. As a result of that, the state’s revenue from gas taxes has taken a hit.
The proposed answer? To sock it to the people of Michigan by hitting them with yet another outrageous fee — this time a 35-cents-per-day tax on every vehicle in the state. That adds up to a whopping $128 a year per driver.
Gov. Rick Snyder claims that without extra funding for routine maintenance, our state’s highways will deteriorate so much that it will lead to more costly fixes down the road.
Snyder is looking to raise another $1.2 billion a year to go toward road improvements.
Another proposal is to target those who drive plug-in vehicles — by either hitting those owners with a $100 annual fee, which Washington recently adopted, or by tracking their mileage with a GPS system and introducing a per-mile tax.
Here’s the problem: For years, the general public has been urged to find more eco-friendly ways to travel. Remember the "Cash for Clunkers" deal a few years back? How many hundreds of thousands of old SUVs and pickups were turned into scrap metal as consumers dumped those vehicles, collected the incentives and turned instead to more fuel-efficient models?
And now Snyder wants to punish us for doing just that.
Michigan already has some of the highest gas taxes in the nation. Now we’re facing the possibility of another hefty tax levied against us.
We understand the need for well-maintained roads, but at what point can we look at all the ways these costs are handed back down to us and say, “Enough is enough?”
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