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Michigan Voters To Decide Road Funding Tax Hike

Dec 19, 2014

A proposed tax hike aimed at improving Michigan's transportation infrastructure and schools is heading to voters. 

          

The Michigan Legislature has put a sales tax increase on the May statewide ballot as part of a road funding plan.   Boosting the 6 percent sales tax to 7 percent is the centerpiece of a plan to pump $1.3 billion more into transportation infrastructure and at least $300 million more into schools.

The required two-thirds of members in the Republican-dominated Senate backed the constitutional amendment shortly aftern midnight. The House approved the measures near dawn today. 

Lawmakers passed a significant increase in the state's per-gallon gasoline tax that only will take effect if voters approve the sales tax hike along with the elimination of the sales tax that drivers pay at the pump.