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Michigan Senate Sits Out Vote on Road/Bridge Funding Monday

 
Posted June 2nd, 2014 @ 5:39pm by The Associated Press

The Republican-led Michigan Senate has adjourned without voting on whether to more than double the state's gasoline tax to improve roads.

Senators met for a rare Monday session and talked behind closed doors about a plan to gradually increase the 19-cents-a-gallon gas tax to 43 cents by 2018, assuming prices stay flat. The tax is part of a plan to raise $1.5 billion more per year for roads.

 

It's the third straight voting day that senators haven't voted since they amended a House road-funding plan May 21. Lawmakers may adjourn next week for the summer.

Some Republican senators opposing the gas tax hike prefer asking voters to increase Michigan's sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent, dedicating the extra revenue to roads. That would require a two-thirds vote of lawmakers.

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