Beth LeBlanc and Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 2:45 PM EDT Jun 6, 2019 Lansing — Michigan’s Republican-led House is proposing a budget that would boost road and bridge repair funding by shifting hundreds of millions of dollars in sales tax revenue from fuel purchases currently dedicated to schools and local governments. The 2020 spending plan, advanced by a budget panel Thursday morning, would earmark an additional $542 million in additional revenue for roads next year. Over two years, the state would exempt fuel purchases from the state’s 6% sales tax and replace it will an equivalent fuel tax that would generate dedicated revenue for roads, which would require a separate vote by the state Legislature. The state would shift 4% of the sales tax in 2020, and the remaining 2% in 2021, said House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Matt Maddock, R-Milford. House Republicans contend they would hold schools ”harmless” by cutting funding to other areas of state government, but education groups and Whitmer administration officials appeared skeptical of their ability to do so without compromising public services. The sales tax shift is a small but integral piece of a yet-to-be revealed road funding plan the House is expected to propose as an alternative… Read full this story
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