Rick Olson http://michiganradio.org en Michigan drivers could soon pay more for gas and vehicle registration fees http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-drivers-could-soon-pay-more-gas-and-vehicle-registration-fees <p>Drivers in Michigan may soon pay nine cents more per gallon at the gas pump.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; ">A&nbsp;package of bills that would change funding for the state&rsquo;s aging bridges and roads&nbsp;has been rolled out at the state Capitol.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; ">It would get rid of the fuel-tax at the pump&nbsp;in favor of a tax at the wholesale level. That would result in drivers paying a few&nbsp;cents more per gallon.&nbsp;</p><p>Drivers might also have pay more to register their vehicles. The package of bills also&nbsp;includes a plan to increase vehicle registration fees&nbsp;by 67 percent.</p><p>That should generate about $500 million dollars for&nbsp;transportation.</p><p>State Representative Rick Olson (R-Saline) said generating money to maintain&nbsp;roads is similar to a driver changing the oil in a car.</p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; ">&quot;Why do you do that? Because you want to save your engine,&quot; said Olson. &quot;Same thing with roads; unless we do some of this capital preventative maintenance on a timely basis, we&rsquo;re going to have more and more roads fall into the &lsquo;poor&rsquo; category when then it costs 6 to 8 times as much to repair.&quot;</p><p>There are no plans to turn any of&nbsp;the state&rsquo;s major highways into toll roads. But Olson said the conversation could come&nbsp;up in the future.</p><p>&quot;Oh, it&rsquo;s a possibility, but I don&rsquo;t hear anyone pushing that at this point. Toll roads, tolls are a relatively inefficient way to collect funds for roads,&quot; said Olson. &quot;Does create jobs, but those are government jobs, so why not then create the net revenue the most efficient way we can.&quot;</p><p>The package of bills also includes a plan to create a regional transit authority in&nbsp;southeast Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder called on lawmakers to find about $1.5 billion&nbsp;in additional revenue to adequately fund transportation needs.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:25:08 +0000 Laura Weber 5961 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan drivers could soon pay more for gas and vehicle registration fees Michigan lawmaker wants to increase amount of time legislators can serve http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmaker-wants-increase-amount-time-legislators-can-serve <p>In 1992, Michigan voters amended the state Constitution and put limits on the number of terms legislators in Lansing can serve.</p><p>State representatives in Michigan are limited to three terms.</p><p>State senators are limited to two terms.</p><p>Last year, the state had a massive influx of new legislators in Lansing because of term limits. More than half of them were replaced.</p><p>Now, one representative in Lansing wants to extend how much time a legislator can serve.</p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Rep. Rick Olson plans to offer a resolution next month allowing lawmakers to serve a total of 14 years in either the House or Senate while letting each year&#39;s session run only from January through June.</p><p>The Saline Republican told reporters Friday after taping public television&#39;s &quot;Off the Record&quot; program that he doesn&#39;t think the current term limits allowing just three two-year terms in the House and two four-year terms in the Senate are giving lawmakers enough time to learn the job.</p><p>The former Adrian Public Schools business manager wants lawmakers to serve up to 14 years in just one chamber if they choose. His proposal would take effect after 2014 so most current lawmakers couldn&#39;t extend their stays.</p><p>It also would let the governor call special sessions if needed.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:59:01 +0000 Mark Brush 4736 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmaker wants to increase amount of time legislators can serve