Bipartisan bill would bring local control to road funding

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald and Sen. Paul Wojno have introduced bipartisan legislation to help establish more local control over gas tax revenues dedicated to maintaining our roads.

“This is a bipartisan effort to continue the discussion about how we fund our roads and find fairer funding solutions for local infrastructure projects,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Under the current system, Macomb County doesn’t receive back from the state the amount drivers at its gas pumps contribute in fuel taxes. Under this bill, gas taxes dedicated to fixing the roads would be used locally to fix the roads of the drivers paying the tax when they fill up.”

Senate Bill 32 would require all motor fuel taxes collected to stay in the county in which the fuel was pumped instead of being sent to the state for distribution statewide. The bill is sponsored by MacDonald and co-sponsored by Wojno.

“As we continue to look at ways to adequately fund our roads and infrastructure, I look forward to our bipartisan efforts to highlight the importance of making sure those dollars collected at the pump are equitably distributed,” said Wojno, D-Warren.

SB 32 was referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration.