Higher fuel, vehicle taxes ring in new year in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers will pay higher taxes at the pump and shell out more to renew their license plate.

The increased taxes, which Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers approved nearly 14 months ago to improve aging roads and bridges, take effect beginning Sunday. It is the state's first fuel tax hike in 20 years and the first major vehicle fee increase since 1983.

The gasoline tax of 19 cents a gallon will increase by 7.3 cents and the diesel tax of 15 cents a gallon will go up 11.3 cents. Vehicle registration fees will rise 20 percent.

Michigan will have the sixth-highest gas taxes in the country, up from 18th, according to the American Petroleum Institute.

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4 comments

  • Little Mary

    I wish to thank Governor Snyder, Senator O’Brien, and Representative Iden for giving us this tax increase, just a short time after the citizens of the state voted down a fuel tax increase by over eighty percent. I would also like any of them to explain to us what happened to the road tax money that the state collected prior to the increase because it sure didn’t go into road repair.

    • Lee

      Actually, the voters turned down an income tax hike. Not that this was any different. They are still taxing income since 90% of people who work drive there, or at least own a car and will hence be taxed.

  • Bob

    The gas tax is no longer a problem for me. Between the lack of increases on my Social Security check and the nonstop increase of all taxes I can no longer afford to drive my car.

    I wish I would have realized how well my government was planning on treating me when I retired, when I was young.

    I would have never worked. I would have spent my day’s collection welfare sitting on the porch drinking beer. When I was, young I thought, those people were too dumb and lazy to get a job. Was I wrong, I was the dumb one for spending my whole life working.

  • Chris

    I’m just taking it out on my employer at review time. Treat labor like a product on a shelve for sale that employers buy. Time to put a price tag over the old one.