Lawmakers debate Gov. Rick Snyder’s transit plan

From the Detroit Free Press:

Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday that the state needs to spend more to repair roads and improve bus service, but he’s leaving it up to the Legislature and voters to decide whether to raise yearly vehicle registration fees to pay for the work.

Snyder suggested raising fees by from $40 to $120 annually per vehicle registered. Depending on the level, that would raise $300 million to $1 billion a year to help shore up the state’s crumbling roads and strapped bus systems. A recent bipartisan study found Michigan needs to spend $1.4 billion more a year to repair deteriorating roads, yet is losing ground as gas tax revenues plummet because higher prices have cut demand and newer vehicles use less gas.

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