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Old September 24th, 2013, 09:05 AM   #25
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For example, in addition to the sales tax component mentioned above (which at a pump price of $3 per gallon takes around $700 million annually from motorists, none of which goes for roads), some of the remaining money is diverted to subsidize city buses, and some is wasted by mandating above-market wages on road projects through the state's “prevailing wage” law. Another 7/8 of a cent per gallon tax originally intended for leaking underground fuel tank cleanups was diverted in a 2004 “fund raid” to other government spending, and continues to be used that way.

Before reaching deeper into the pockets of motorists, Michigan needs to correct these abuses.
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