By Brandon Hall
(Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)
How would new road legislation pushed by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof hurt Michigan families?
The costs for gas and vehicle registration are going up.
The gas tax will go up 7 cents/gallon while vehicle registration fees are up 20%.
The average driver apparently drives 12,000 miles a year. Some much less, some much more, but that's the average.
Subsequently averaging out highway and city driving of all the cars on the road to a generous 25 miles/gallon, one would need 480 gallons to keep their car fueled during the year. 480 times .07 equals $36 for every Michigan driver on average.
Add the 20% increase in vehicle registration fees?
According to the Free Press, "the average registration fee for a passenger vehicle is $100."
That means that fee would now cost $120, $20 more.
$20+$36 = $56.
The new Meekhof road bill will cost an average of $60/driver.
If you're a typical family of four with two teen kids, you'll be paying roughly $240 more per year or more!
_______________________________________________________________________Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com