Sales tax hike could fund Michigan road repairs

Governor Rick Snyder says the state needs more than $1 billion to upgrade and maintain Michigan roads.

State lawmakers have come up with an idea that would place the burden on anyone who makes a purchase in the state.

There have been many proposals tossed around to renovate roads that Governor Snyder's office describes as deteriorating.

"I drive out of state a lot and you can usually tell as soon as you cross the state border," said Mike Vaneck of Grand Rapids.

Uneven, pot hole-filled roads dot the mitten state. It's not unnoticed by travelers.

"The roads are poor in Michigan," said Vaneck.

Wayne Lewis, of Saginaw said the roads are doing damage.

"They tearing up everybody's truck or car," said Lewis.

Governor Rick Snyder is working to scrape together $1.2 billion that he says are needed annually to repair and maintain deteriorating roadways.

A possible solution? State lawmakers say, increasing the state sales tax.

"I think it's a challenge for our legislature because no none wants their taxes raised to pay more but we need to get the roads fixed," said Dave Maine of Saginaw.

Other options include a gas tax and increase in your vehicle registration.

However, many motorists hope that driving up sales tax could have long-term benefits.

"I got an older car and it's going to last longer if I got better roads," said Maine.

"I'd rather pay for it spread across goods than out of my pocket," said Vaneck.

To increase the sales tax, the measure would need a two-thirds yes vote from lawmakers and voter approval.

Lawmakers do not think they will be able to act soon enough to get the measure on the November ballot.