Friday, May 23, 2014

Michigan's Bumpy Road Paradox

As everyone hits the roads here in Michigan for the Memorial Day long weekend, they can ponder the great Michigan road paradox.

Michigan has the sixth highest fuel taxes in the nation, but has some of the worst roads and lowest investments in road infrastructure in the United States:

Michigan ranks 33rd among states for the amount of investment per lane-mile of road; 47th for investment per vehicle mile driven, and dead last among the 50 states for investment per driver.

The Detroit Free Press: Why Michiganders pay among highest gas taxes - to drive on crummy roads

Part of the reasons is that much of the taxes collected on fuel is never used to improving or repairing roads at all but is instead siphoned off into the general fund.

Of course, the Detroit Free Press thinks this can be solved by making Michigan residents pay more taxes for road repair, rather than properly allocating the taxes already reaped from the sale of fuel.

Yet another example of the faults in the blue state model in general - high taxes, low effective services.

That Michigan, the state with the claim to fame of putting the world on wheels had such lousy and often impassable roads is a disgrace.


Old NFO said...

And it's been that way for 20 years...

Aaron said...

Yep, it's quite the rip-off, and ridiculous that the solution proposed is to raise more taxes instead of using what is collected now to its proper use. Watch the new tax money again be siphoned off leaving the roads in lousy shape until the demand for the next tax increase.