Michigan Senate Adjourns With No Gas Tax Change

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Senate has adjourned for much of the summer without a deal to pump more money into road improvements.

Talks broke down Thursday over a gradual gasoline tax increase to keep pace with inflationary construction costs, a day after the Republican-controlled Senate had defeated a major gas tax hike.

Thursday’s plan would have let the 19-cents-a-gallon gas rise each year by the annual change in highway construction costs. Fuel taxes could go as high as 32 ½ cents a gallon, though it could have been decades before the ceiling was hit.

The plan wouldn’t have come close to raising the minimum $1.2 billion more a year that Gov. Rick Snyder says is needed to bring roads up to par.

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