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Gas prices increase, drivers could pay extra to fix the roads

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (06/06/14) - It's a trend frequently spotted by Mid-Michigan motorists. Gas prices have gone up again.
An analyst says it's the nineteenth spike at the pump this year.
At the Speedway in Burton on Bristol Road, they're paying nearly $4 per gallon.
Many drivers say they are frustrated but not surprised when prices increase. They're also expecting to shell out more to pay for the roads they drive on.

"They're a pain in the butt, especially with summer coming," said Jessie Austin,a driver.

Dodging potholes is nothing new to the drivers who spoke with ABC12.
"I see a lot of people having to switch lanes because of the potholes," said Rochelle Bachum.
"They're crappy, they're bumpy and there are big pot holes and it seems like they would fix them, but they're not getting fixed very fast," Austin said.
Austin might get her wish soon, but it also might mean more money comes out of her pocket. She and her fellow drivers will probably pay more to help maintain Michigan roads.

The state senate voted Thursday to dedicate more of the sales tax collected on gasoline to road funding.
"If they're going to use it for that, that would be OK, but who's to say that's what the money is going to be used for," Austin said.
Lawmakers say the legislation approved Thursday would move $128 million a year from the general fund to the transportation budget.
The bill now goes to the House.
In the meantime, senators are still looking for ways to raise more money to help fix crumbling roads and bridges.
One plan would double the current 19 cents a gallon gasoline tax within five years.

Another plan would increase the state's sales tax.
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