Gas Tax Increase Stories
Thursday, February 1, 2007
GAS-TAX INCREASE GETS BACKING FROM MICHIGAN CHAMBER
Crain’s Detroit Business
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Thursday said it would back an increase in Michigan’s gas tax, among a host of legislative priorities for the upcoming Capitol session. Rich Studley, executive vice president, said transportation is a “critically important economic development and infrastructure issue.”
TRADE GROUP WANTS HIGHER GAS TAXES
A state construction trade association wants a higher tax to fund more road projects.
The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, or MITA, wants lawmakers to increase the state's gas tax by 9 cents by 2010.
MICHIGAN NEEDS THE COURAGE TO RAISE TAXES, FUND SERVICES
Craig Ruff is a senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants in Lansing. Ruff writes: “Political leaders in Virginia rose to a challenge similar to the one that confronts Michigan. Like them, Michigan needs the courage and conviction not only to cut spending, but to increase taxes to save essential public services.
BUSINESS GROUP PROMOTES TAX PLAN, GAS TAX INCREASE
A Michigan Chamber of Commerce-backed plan to replace the state's main business tax was introduced Thursday in the state Legislature. The business group also on Thursday reiterated its support for raising the state's gasoline tax to bring in more money to fix Michigan roads.