Whitmer’s new tax on gasoline will result in real change

Luke Diehm, Opinion Editor

The centerpiece of Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign was to fix Michigan’s roads. Her speeches, Instagram posts and Tweets all advocated for fixing the potholes that appear every year after the harsh winter. Year after year, the cold weather takes its toll, destroying Michigan’s roads. This is no secret to any resident of the state. However, fixing so many roads is an extremely expensive task. Adequately fixing the roads requires an extra 2.5 billion dollars in tax revenue.

In order to fulfill her promise, Gretchen Whitmer recently proposed a 45 cent tax increase on gasoline. She wants to add 15 cents to the tax of gasoline per year for 3 years, capping the tax at 45 cents. Many people are enraged as gas will become significantly more expensive. However, as Whitmer has pointed out many times, there is no other way the money will be raised. She is right.

In general, Americans don’t support higher taxes. Republicans and Democrats are divided on all aspects of government spending. What many people in our country don’t realize is that there is a direct relationship between higher taxes and improvements made for the people. With more money from taxpayers, the government can provide more services for its citizens. Any government’s services are limited to however much money their taxpayers are willing to give to it. It is hard to enjoy the benefits of having a well-funded government when Americans only focus on the money leaving their bank accounts first and foremost.

If this tax is passed, the roads all over Michigan will be able to be constantly repaired. The money required to consistently be fixing Michigan’s roads will be coming straight from the wallets of Michigan’s drivers.

Doesn’t it make sense for the drivers of Michigan to pay for their roads? The majority of drivers own gasoline-powered cars, so everyone would be paying for better roads equally. Additionally, it would create an incentive to avoid buying gas and driving in general, decreasing the amount of pollution our state emits.

Having bad roads in Michigan is annoying. Randomly hitting potholes can be stressful and can harm your ride. The amount of money Michigan residents will save by not having to repair their cars due to the roads is another benefit to take into account.

I have been driving for a few years now, and I have gotten used to driving on torn up roads. However, road conditions will drastically improve within the next few years if the revenue is gathered. With time, and if it’s passed, Whitmer’s new tax on gasoline will result in real, concrete change.

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