Poll suggests voters OK with raising state sales tax to fund road repairs
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Patrick Center May 23, 2013 | WGVU
The state will need to spend billions of dollars over the next decade to fix roads and bridges. But how do raise an additional $1.2 to $1.6 billion dollars each year to do it? That’s the question Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently asked 600 registered Michigan voters.
“People would prefer to have budget cuts to pay for it instead of paying higher registration fees and paying higher gas taxes.”
That’s Bernie Porn, pollster at EPIC-MRA. He tells us only 21 percent supported the governor’s proposals. The opposition crossed all party lines.
What if the proposed registration fees were say $25 per vehicle per year? Fifty-two percent oppose that idea to 46 percent who says that would be OK.
How about raising the gas tax six cents per gallon on unleaded and 10 cents per gallon on diesel fuel? Bad idea. Sixty-four percent of voters polled say “no.”
How about a surcharge on tractor trailers carrying the heavy stuff? Seventy-two percent rallied favorably around that idea and increasing the state sales tax an extra penny.
“Raising it from six to seven cents with the increase, all of the funding, dedicated to roads. And here’s where it was a surprising result. Fifty-seven percent said they would support that idea, 42 percent said they’d oppose it and the support included 57 percent, 56 percent are Republicans, 60 percent are Democrats, and 52 percent of Independent voters.”
There was some support for redirecting half of the $1.8 billion in Business tax cuts to help fund road repairs. But it’s that state sales tax proposal that Porn says has received interest from lawmakers and voters.
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