The need to “fix the damn roads,” as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put it, is a growing political and economic concern in Michigan, as the state faces a long list of transportation needs but also billion-dollar annual transportation funding shortfalls in coming years. Part of the funding gap is due to the projected growth of hybrid and electric vehicles, which use less fuel or no fuel at all. Less fuel used means less gas tax revenue for Michigan to pay for roads and bridges.
With the revenue hole growing, the state legislature funded the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to commission a major study on whether 21st-century tolling could