Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday demanded a nearly tripling of Michigan's per-gallon gasoline tax to make it the highest in the nation to reverse the deteriorating state of the streets Attorney General Bill Schuette partially commented on one Promise to "repair the damned streets".
The $ 2 billion plan would increase the 26 cent fuel tax by 45 cents by October 2020. To reduce the burden on some, she proposed: a tax overhaul, which would provide retirees and low paid workers with breaks, while more companies would pay corporate taxes.
The proposal is an attempt to reverse parts of a tax evasion issued by Republican predecessor Rick Snyder. "
" No one likes to levy taxes, "she said during her first budget speech as governor to the MP," I wish I did not have to come here today and put that budget in front of you because I know it's hard. But the hard truth is that we need to work. Every day we do not endanger our economic future and waste our money and the endangerment of our people.
Their street financing plan is expected to meet with resistance in the Republican-controlled legislature that passed tax increases on fuel and vehicle registration taxes, which came into force in 201
States across the nation are struggling to finance street maintenance and construction as vehicles become more fuel efficient and generate less revenue per gallon.
Whitmer was quickly criticized by some members of the GOP for appealing Schuette's warning last year in a gubernatorial debate that she would increase the gas tax by 20 cents "ridiculous" and "nonsense."
"How can you explain that? 45-cent tax increase today?" MEP Matt Maddock asked Whitmer's finance director, Chris Kolb, who answered one more question after his presentation.
"What we want to do is fix a solution that actually fixes the roads," Kolb said. "I have looked at several ways to do this, too many of them go short – in fact, we do not allow for improvement over time – if we encourage the inhabitants of that state to pay more, they should do so
Whitmer said her plan would cost the average driver $ 23 or $ 276 a year, but claimed that motorists are already paying a "road tax" for vehicle repairs caused by the destroyed infrastructure. She proposed doubling the income tax credit for low-income residents, saving families at least $ 30 a month, and saving the so-called pension on retirement and other incomes – saving 400,000 households $ 65 a month.
"Road fixation" That means we're going to lower the cost that average car drivers spend on car repairs a year, "she said," so the average person in our state will be relieved. "
According to the American Petroleum Institute Michigan now has the 9th highest combined gas and gas tax in the US According to Whitmer's plan, it would have the highest taxes surpassing states such as Pennsylvania and California.
Whitmer also outlined a 507 increase in K-12 spending Million dollars, including additional risk-taking funding, special education and career technical students Another proposal for the current fiscal year includes an infusion of $ 120 million to improve drinking water infrastructure in the state where Flint's crisis occurred, and 60 Millions of dollars for the installation of drinking stations in schools.  –
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