While Michigan's combination of gas taxes add up to be some of the highest in the country, Michigan's roads are filled with potholes.
Many Michigan residents ask the question every pothole season: Why are we paying such high gas taxes for crumbling roads?
Here's what MDOT says on the issue:
Each time you purchase gasoline in Michigan, you’re paying a couple of road-user fees as well: the 18.7 cents per gallon state gas tax, and the 18.4 cents per gallon federal fuel tax.
Whether gas costs $2 per gallon or $4 per gallon, the amount collected for those two taxes remains the same. But you also pay the Michigan 6 percent sales tax. When gas is $3.89 per gallon, that amounts to another 21 cents per gallon in taxes.