Michigan – House Republicans Push To Shift Sales Tax Revenue From Pump To Roads


Breaking what had been near silence from House Republicans on road funding, a plan unveiled Thursday in an appropriations subcommittee is calling for sales tax paid at the pump to pay for repairs. The proposed plan is included in the Michigan Department of Transportation budget and calls for a 4% shift of the current 6% sales tax toward road funding. The remaining 2% would be phased in during the following calendar year. The plan comes one week after House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said he would not be interested in new revenue options – as in Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax increase proposal – until “every penny paid at the pump” goes toward roads.


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by mikenzie frost
June 6, 2019