How much more would you be willing to pay at the pump to make Michigan roads less post-apocalyptic and dangerous?
Before the panic and outrage sets in, let me remind you of a time a few years ago when gas was hitting $4.00 a gallon and we somehow managed. Good? Okay, read on.
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hike the tax on gas 3.3 cents per regular gallon and 7.3 for diesel fuel. This is merely the beginning of the plan proposed to raise $600 million to repair the abysmal roads we all drive on. That change will be slowly brought in starting in 2018.
In addition to the increase on the price of gas, all drivers will see their vehicle registration fees grow by 40%. The average vehicle registration fee for a run of the mill four door sedan, is roughly $100. With the new, elevated fees, which begin October 1 of next year, this will bring registration up to $140.
This plan anticipates raising $600 million from these higher taxes and fees and that number will be matched by shifting an additional $600 million from general funds and putting the full $1.2 billion into roads.
We all know how incredibly craptastic our roads are, so before we all start crying foul on the tax hike, think of how great it will be when we don’t have to swerve to miss a medium-sized crater in the middle of the road. I think we can all agree that something needs to be done. While this is merely a step – it has only just passed in the House, it’s not a law, yet – toward raising funds to build better roads, we can all dream of smoother rides to come.
What do you think? Are you cool with the impending rise in gas prices, or should the government find other ways to raise funding to fix roads? Sound off below in the comments.