Dem Governor Looks to Raise These Taxes
Article from The Daily Caller by Chris White.
Media reports addressing Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to increase the state’s gas taxes frequently left out important historical context, namely that Michiganders voted down a similar proposal in 2015.
That year’s defeat was considered an epic failure and a signal to try a different tactic.
Voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal in May 2015 increasing a sales tax that would have gone toward fixing many of the states’ roads. Citizens rejected the measure 80 percent to 20 percent, leaving officials wondering how to raise funds for infrastructure improvements. Reports detailing Whitmer’s plan to implement a 45-cent gas tax increase ignored voters’ past opposition to such increases.
The increase is expected to generate roughly $2 billion a year in additional revenue for roads, according to media reports. Whitmer, a Democrat who ran on fixing Michigan’s roads, presented her idea to lawmakers Tuesday during a joint meeting of the state House and Senate appropriations committees. She staked her political campaign on fixing “the damn roads,” though she refused to explain what solutions were in the offering.
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