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February 18, 2014 - Blaine Hyska
The state of Michigan is reporting a $1 billion budget surplus, and lawmakers are wondering what to do with it.
We should all be so lucky.
They’ve already proposed increasing funding to local schools — a good idea — and they’re tossing around other suggestions, including an income tax cut.
Here’s another theory.
There’s been talk of raising the state gasoline tax to help pay for roads. It doesn’t make sense to me to raise taxes on one hand and look for ways to spend money on the other.
I certainly would appreciate some more take-home cash that an income tax cut would offer, but wouldn’t it make more sense to take as much of that surplus as possible and pour it into fixing our state and local roadways?
It may not be a permanent solution, but with this long, cold winter, our roads could use all the help they can get.
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