DETROIT – Many Michigan drivers aren't on board with a gas tax increase to fix roads, especially because the tax has already gone up to repair crumbling streets.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed a 45-cent gas tax hike that she says is necessary and will go toward making sure the roads are better. She wants to spend nearly $6 billion in 2020 with more than $2 billion of that being generated from a higher gas tax.
If the tax jump is improved, most of the money would go to highways.
Just under half a billion dollars would go toward interstates, U.S. roads and M-routes this year, while that number would be more than $1 billion next year. The next 30 percent of tax revenue would go to principal arterials, which are non-highways. Seven percent would go toward minor arterials, or local roads, and 3 percent would go to transit
Whitmer also wants a Fixing MI Roads Review Committee to evaluate revenues, review effective money distribution and search for alternative funding.