Top Dem says businesses, trucks must fix roads

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - (06/23/19) - With Republicans firmly opposed to a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike, Democratic lawmakers want businesses to do more to help fix the roads.

A new $1.2 billion proposal from House Democrats would raise the state's corporate tax, create a new 6-cents-a-mile tax for heavy trucks and charge bridge tolls to tractor-trailers. It also includes portions of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's budget plan, such as raising taxes on certain businesses so they are taxed the same as traditional corporations and restoring tax breaks for pensioners.

House Minority Leader Christine Greig says Democrats agree with the Democratic governor's call for $2.5 billion in new revenue and know that a fuel tax increase would likely be part of any final deal. She told The Associated Press it was important to other ideas on the table.

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