Poll shows strong support for raising taxes to pay for repairing Michigan roads

May 19, 2014

A proposal to greatly increase Michigan’s gas tax goes before a state Senate committee tomorrow.

The proposal has already cleared the state House. Among other things, it calls for taxing fuel based on price, instead of volume. It would generate about $500 million in new tax revenue. That's about a third of what Gov. Rick Snyder and others say is needed to fix the roads.  

Rich Studley is with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.  He says a new poll, commissioned by the chamber, shows Michigan motorists are willing to pay the price of fixing the state’s crumbling roads.

More than two-thirds of those polled said they would be willing to pay $10 a month more for gasoline, if it meant more money to fix Michigan’s roads.
More than two-thirds of those polled said they would be willing to pay $10 a month more for gasoline, if it meant more money to fix Michigan’s roads.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

“They understand this problem is not going away,” says Studley, “and that’s why there is such strong support for a substantial and permanent increase in transportation funding now.”

Sixty-eight percent of those polled said they would be willing to pay $10 a month more for gasoline, if it meant more money to fix Michigan’s roads.

Studley fears if state lawmakers don’t pass a road funding bill before they take their summer break next month, it might be 2016 before the issue will be addressed again.