Gasoline Tax: How Does Michigan Compare to Surrounding States?

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February 28, 2014 - Author: Steven R Miller

Michigan’s roads and highways need repair, and Governor Snyder has proposed a significant increase in the state’s gasoline excise tax and vehicle registration fees to help fund it. In this bulletin, we compare the burden of motor fuel taxes in Michigan to seven neighboring states.

While state road and highway financing is rife with complexities, excise taxes on the sale of motor fuels are a significant source of federal and state funding for road maintenance. An excise tax is imposed on a volume basis. For example, the federal government imposes an 18.4 cents excise tax per gallon of gasoline.

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