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Michigan Senate leader pushing sales tax increase to fund road repairs

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - The MIRS News Service says Michigan Senate Leader Majority Randy Richardville has a plan to fund Michigan roads but it’s going to be a tough sell.He wants the legislature to put a one cent increase in the sales tax on the fall ballot. As a back-up he also wants to pass an increase in the tax on the wholesale price of gas.  If the sales tax fails at the ballot, the other would take effect. Richardville will need a supermajority in both chambers by Thursday to make it happen.

Critics say a sales tax hurts the poor more than anyone else.  Retailers say it will give Michigan one of the highest sales taxes in the nation, and devastate their businesses and Michigan’s recovery.