Ex-legislative leaders: Hike fuel taxes 47 cents for roads

    Ex-legislative leaders: Hike fuel taxes 47 cents for roads. (WWMT/File)

    A bipartisan group of former legislative leaders says Michigan's gasoline tax should be increased by 47 cents a gallon over nine years to fix deteriorating roads.

    The proposal unveiled Thursday calls for boosting the 26-cents-a-gallon tax by 7 cents in 2020, followed by annual 5-cent hikes through 2028.

    Republican Ken Sikkema and Democrat Bob Emerson - former Senate leaders - say there is no question more must be spent on roads, and raising fuel taxes is the simplest way to do it. Tax hikes would face resistance in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who made fixing the roads a campaign issue, is expected to unveil a road-funding plan in March.

    Michigan's gas tax went up 7 cents a gallon in 2017, but critics say that plan is inadequate.

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