State lawmakers consider raising Michigan sales tax to fund roads

(WXYZ) - State lawmakers looking for ways to pay for road improvements in Michigan are talking about increasing the sales tax.

They are working on a proposal that would ask voters to approve raising the sales tax from 6% to either 7 or 8%.    They would need a two thirds majority approval in both the house and the senate to put it on a statewide ballot.

Lawmakers would likely be unable to accomplish this in time to get it on the ballot before next year.

They also want to change how money raised by sales tax is spent. 

They want sales tax revenues raised by gasoline purchases to go towards roads. That would raise more than $1 billion for road repairs in the state.

People against a higher sales tax say it would hit lower income residents hardest.  People for it say the money is needed.

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