Michigan car insurance set to jump in July

Michigan car insurance set to jump in July. (File - WWMT)

LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) – Soon drivers may have the option of storing your vehicle registration information on your cell phone and lawmakers said this will help protect your personal information. Some unwelcome news is your car insurance rates are going up in July.

Since Calvin Woodbury's auto insurance is going up, he's feeling down, because it means he won't be able to drive up north to see his mother.

Woodbury, a Williamson resident, said, “That will take my food money. If they raise my insurance I won't be able to go see her again."

He's not the only driver who is fuming.

Harold, a Charlotte resident, said, "Not good, it makes it harder on us."

He said he pays $300 a month for auto insurance.

Harold said, "It's getting harder for a normal person to have insurance."

In part, he blames the MCCA, which is raising its annual auto insurance fee by $10 a year for the second year in a row.

It's a fee Michigan drivers pay to care for people catastrophically injured in crashes.

State Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, said, “I'm concerned for a lot of constituents that that $10 is going to be a big issue for them."

Bieda said the MCCA is setting rates behind closed doors.

He said, "We should have transparency in government. We should have more transparency in this account."

Republican Pete Lucido, R-Shelby Township, agrees.

He said, "That fund should have never, the word is never, been a private fund because it's taxpayers dollars going into it."

Lucido and Bieda have bills aimed to provide more openness at the MCCA, so you know exactly why you're paying more to operate a vehicle, but their bills to reduce auto insurance rates are being stalled.

They want you to call your local lawmaker, so their bills have a chance at becoming law.

Lucido said, “It is the most costly - other than buying a house and buying a car - it appears car insurance now is more costly, even over our health insurance."

The Michigan Supreme Court decided last month there will be no sunshine on the insurance fund's records.

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