2014-12-21 / Opinion

Rep. Kevin Daley votes for road funding solution


Rep. Kevin Daley Rep. Kevin Daley LANSING — State Rep. Kevin Daley voted Thursday night in favor of a historic plan to fund road and bridge repair and maintenance by, among other things, giving residents a vote on a one-cent increase in the state sales tax. The legislation also directs all taxes paid on fuel to go toward road improvements.

“I am pleased that we were able to reach this historic agreement and establish a sustainable fund to maintain and repair our roads and bridges,” said Daley, R-Lum. “The plan we approved also eliminates the double-taxation on gas and diesel fuel and directs all taxes paid at the pump to be used on roads and bridges. This will make for smoother and safer roads for Michigan families, farmers and truckers who depend on quality roads to make a living.”

The legislation requires a statewide vote on the sales tax increase in May of next year.

If approved by voters and once it is fully implemented, the proposal will provide $1.3 billion in additional dollars to roads, $260 million in low-income tax relief, $300 million in additional funding for schools and $94 million increase for local governments. The measures also will eliminate the existing 19-centsper gallon tax on gasoline and the 15-cents-per-gallon tax on diesel fuel. It would convert both to a 14.9 percent tax on the average price of gasoline and the average price of diesel fuel.

State Rep. Kevin Daley is a third-term lawmaker representing the 82nd House District. The 82nd District includes all of Lapeer County.

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