LANSING (WJRT) -
(06/11/14) - Lawmakers in the Michigan Senate say they will not ask voters to support raising the state's six percent sales tax to fix bad roads, but the idea of doubling the state's gas tax is not off the table.
The Senate chamber was buzzing all day, Wednesday, with a permanent solution to paying for road improvements.
It's been a long day in Lansing - and it's not over yet.
Legislators still haven't made a decision on whether or not to raise the gas tax - and they're running out of time. Legislators go on summer break at the end of the week.
This bill would increase the gas tax to roughly 41.5 cents within five years, provided fuel prices remain flat.
That would raise more than $1 billion for our crumbling roads.
That's something that senator Mike Green isn't happy with. He says we should look elsewhere for the cash.
Some from the House say they're just waiting for something solid from the senate, but here's what they did vote on Wednesday afternoon.
The senate knocked down a proposal to put a 1 percent sales tax increase for road funding on the ballot.
Some preferred this option because it gives voters a voice on how to best fund Michigan's roads.
At last check, the Republican senate was going back into caucus, presumably to discuss this further. We're still waiting on that gas tax decision.