Pretty much everyone knows that our roads are in terrible shape, and need to be repaired.
However, at the same time, pretty much everyone also doesn’t want to pay to fix them.
We think somebody else should pay.
So far, Governor Rick Snyder has been the closest thing to a grownup on this issue. He reasons that those who use the roads, people otherwise known as drivers, should pay most of the cost.
That cost is pretty steep: Just to bring our existing roads back to acceptable condition will require $1.2 billion a year for at least the next ten years.
The governor proposes increasing the gas tax by nineteen cents a gallon on diesel fuel, fourteen cents on gasoline. This would be done at the wholesale level, which means the fuel companies wouldn’t necessarily have to pass them on to the consumer.
Okay, well, you’re allowed to laugh.
Snyder would also raise car registration fees by about 60 percent, and heavy truck plate charges by 25 percent.
Well, that plan seemed to bring people together: Everybody hated it.