Comparing the higher $120.00 or $10.00 a month fee to "two trips to Starbucks" Gov. Snyder cited to Ann Arbor.com if imposed, the fee it could raise $1 billion to fix roads a good start, but noted "we need to do more than that."
“Michigan’s infrastructure is living on borrowed time,” Snyder said in a statement. “We must reinvest in it if we are to successfully reinvent our economy. I haven’t met a Michigan driver yet who is satisfied with the condition of our roads and yet we’re facing a $1.4 billion shortfall just to maintain our current system," the Governor cited.
"If we want to grow our economy and keep our children here, then we need to fix the very foundation of our state," he said.
"It seems that Governor Snyder can come up with bold ideas when they benefit his corporate friends, but when it comes to Michigan's roads and infrastructure system, we get regurgitated ideas that amount to little more than a shell game," Whitmer noted.
"Michigan actually needs to reinvent the way we pay for our roads, not simply shift fees around to give the illusion we're solving problems," she said.
"We are willing to review it with open minds, but we do have concerns. Among those are what happens to the current sales tax on gasoline — would that be applied to the wholesale price?" Alder, questioned.
“If so, that would be creating a tax upon a tax and we already have too much of that going on at the gas pump," he said.