The need for transportation funding has received press headlines all across Michigan. The Michigan Municipal League recognizes there is a serious need to adequately fund our transportation system. While we have not endorsed a specific plan, we do support new revenue for building a complete transportation system. One of the current proposal being discussed would repeal the gas and diesel tax and remove the 6% sales tax paid at the pump, and replace it with will a tax at the wholesale level and 1% increase to the sales tax. The money generated from the wholesale tax would be used to fund transportation and the 1% sales tax increase would replaces the 6% sales tax at the pump that helps fund locals and schools.
We would encourage you to contact your legislators and let them know that any transportation funding plan that puts local funding at risk must come with a guaranteed replacement. They must protect our local funding if they want our support.
John LaMacchia is a Legislative Associate for the League handling transportation issues. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-908-0303.