If you break it, you buy it: Trucks, businesses to raise money for Michigan's crumbling roads

Posted at 10:03 AM, Jun 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-22 10:07:58-04

If you break it, you buy it – that's the message Michigan Democrats are sending.

House Dems introduced four bills Thursday outlining alternative solutions to raise the funds needed to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

Dems say House Bills 4779-82 were proposed "to provide real, long-term road funding solutions without costing everyday Michiganders more." The bills were based on feedback from residents across the state via coffee hours, townhalls and an online survey .

Here is how you voted:

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“Instead of attempting to fix the roads at the expense of our children’s education, House Democrats are standing up for their future today with the introduction of these bills. People from all over the state have made themselves clear,” said House Democratic Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills).

“They want everyone to pay their fair share for the infrastructure we all use. They want accountability for those that cause the most damage to our roads. They want businesses that benefit from good roads to contribute directly to repairs. They want immediate, practical solutions that don’t just get the repair process started but finally, truly fix our roads to last. Finally, they want to see the practice of stealing from schools to patch up the problem put to an end. Those kinds of ideas haven’t been part of the roads conversation yet, but if we’re going to make meaningful and lasting change, the voices of everyday Michiganders have to be included.”

The four bills would:

  • Increase the corporate income tax by 2.5 percent, implement a flow-through parity tax of 4.25 percent and repeal the harmful retirement tax (House Bill 4781-RABHI)
  • Create a Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax (VMT) on trucks of the two heaviest classes, 26,000 pounds or more, at 6 cents per mile (House Bill 4779-GREIG)
  • Create the “Fixing Michigan Roads” fund, where the revenue generated from the corporate tax and VMT bills would be directed (House Bill 4782-SNELLER)