By Brittanie Chludzinski
Entirely East Lansing
Dodging potholes and avoiding crumbling roads have become common burdens for Michigan residents.
“I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that drives on our roads that they have gone from bad, to worse, to dangerous,” Roger Martin, a spokesman for the Safe Roads Yes campaign said.
The future of the state’s roadways will be determined by the results of the May 5 ballot proposal, which will ask voters to support an increase in both the state gas tax and the state sales tax in order to raise revenue for Michigan’s roads, bridges and transportation.
Proposal 1 would eliminate both the sales tax and state tax on fuel and replace it with a new wholesale fuel tax. As the first gas tax increase since 1997, Martin said every penny of the wholesale tax would be spent on road repairs and transportation.
In addition, the proposal would raise the state sales tax on non-fuel products from 6 percent to 7 percent. As the 6 percent sales tax on fuel currently funds public schools and local governments across Michigan, this penny increase on the retail sales tax would prevent the new fuel tax from creating holes in school and city budgets.
“Finally, we will have a tax system in place that is actually sending all the state gas taxes we pay to fix our roads and bridges,” Martin said.