Why Michigan should replace gas taxes with mileage-based user fees

In Politics by Michael Rae

There’s an ongoing debate in Lansing about what to do about high gas prices. While a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the State Senate voted to temporarily suspend the state’s gasoline taxes, ongoing disagreements have stalled further movement on that effort. While temporarily lower gas taxes might help bring welcome relief to Michigan drivers this summer, state policymakers should start thinking about a permanent replacement for the state gas tax, such as mileage-based user fees.

The primary benefit of funding roads through gas taxes is that they function as a type of user fee. The more you drive and use the

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