Proposed vehicle tax goes too far

With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon, Michiganders are driving less and searching out more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Jul 30, 2013

 

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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Comments

ReadingNews

So if I read this correctly the right answer is to reverse the cash for clunkers. Provide incentives for Michigan drivers to trade in the new high gas mileage vehicles to get our clunkers back. If we trade in our car payments for cheap cars we would no longer have a car payment. Good. If we all drove old cars we would not need to repair the roads anymore. Good. If we drove old cars we would buy more gas and avoid further taxation. Good.

Would this be the cheapest way to drive in the State of Michigan?

truthhurts

it has worked for me. Insurance is cheap and if someone plows into me while talking on a cell phone...i get all my money back.

Wingmaster

If you want less of something, tax it!
Cut out the crap programs and use that money to fix roads.

Maybe we need a nerd tax!

Vladtheimp

Maybe we already have one

Wingmaster

Nerd taxer.....I'm afraid we do!

winggirl

Maybe if Michigan didn't have the 6th highest gas tax (38.7%) in the nation, not to mention the federal gas tax (18.4 cents a gallon) we would be able to afford to drive more. How about our gubment do what normal folks do when they don't have the money - don't spend it - and spend what they do have more wisely.

HuffmanFamilyof4

^5's for that comment

retired DOC

Does that mean $.35 for every day it is on the road? Motorcycles are on the road less than half the days. So would they pay less than $64.00?

Say no to new taxes

First of all we should be asking why repaired roads don't seem to last very long, and please don't tell me it's because of Michigan's harsh winters. Colorado has winter weather just as bad as ours and the roads there are in much better condition. Michigan already has the sixth highest gas tax in the country and they can't seem to find funding to repair the roads? What is wrong with this picture? You're going to be taxed right out of this state soon, wait till you hear what it's going to cost every Michigan citizen to bail out Detroit!

ghjhs

something is vary wrong,we can't fund our schools,can't fix our roads,low paying jobs,the temp jobs are the new trend. The politisions we pay all the way from Washington to our States were responsible,we put our trust in them,we payed them very well, something has gone very wrong.tell me this why was China allowed to inport so much..I fell betrayed.I'm a seventys guy we went to the streets to protest..now people do nothing, just let the politisions roll over us without any changle..we the people better get it together and tell the politisions we won't put up with it any more!

Wingmaster

At the core of your post you are right. The problem is the voting public settles for and excuses politicians of both parties. When its called out people turn the other cheek and vote for these morally depraved charlatons. This encourages the weiners (pun intended) to run for office.

Raise the standard and vote out the slugs. That's how the system works!

 

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