Mich. road debate light on how money divvied up

Fight for support from lawmakers for $1.2 billion a year in taxes and fees

Published On: Apr 06 2013 02:19:21 PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. -

The drive to fix Michigan's roads is centered on winning support from lawmakers for at least $1.2 billion a year in additional taxes and fees.
 
But hardly any attention is being paid to how that cash should be divvied up.
 
Gov. Rick Snyder wants the bulk of new revenue to go to a new fund that would pass along additional dollars to road agencies. Yet few specifics about how the money would be distributed have been released since his budget was unveiled two months ago.
 
That's mainly because Snyder is first trying to persuade a skeptical GOP-led Legislature to swallow an increase in the state gasoline tax from 19 cents to 33 cents a gallon and a hike in car license plate fees by 60 percent.