MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (03/05/19) - Months after making a campaign promise to fix Michigan's roads, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is revealing her proposed plan to get the job done.
As part of her first budget proposal, the governor wants to raise the state gas tax by 15-cents in three phases over the next year and a half to a total of 45-cents.
Right now, the state's gas tax is at 26-cents per gallon. After the added tax, it will go up to just over 70-cents. That's the highest in the nation.
According to GasBuddy, Michigan drivers could pay on average $270 more at the pump each year, if the gas tax hike is given the green light. That burden will be off-set for low-income families through an increase in the earned income tax credit.
The proposal is estimated to bring in about 2-billion dollars in revenue if it receives final approval in the state legislature.
The Michigan Republican party is not reacting well to the announcement saying the proposal would break budgets instead of fixing the roads.
In a statement -- party Chair Laura Coz said -- "The people of Michigan deserve real solutions on this critical issue, not a tax and spend solution which places the burden on the states overtaxed families."
The GOP did not provide a counter proposal.