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Fuel tax of 45-cents proposed in Michigan not sitting well with rural lawmakers


Some rural lawmakers in Lansing aren’t on board with how Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants to reshape the state’s road funding methods.

Right now, money brought in for roads is divided among the state, cities, and counties. Whitmer wants to increase the fuel tax by 45-cents. And she wants that money to be distributed based primarily on road use.

But some people in more rural areas say that’s not fair.

Republican Representative Triston Cole represents counties in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.


“A lot of northern, but rural Michigan is the places that drives our state tourism economy. So it’s equally as important as an economic driver in our state. Just different.”


Cole says he’s willing to look at the details of Whitmer’s plan, but he doesn’t want rural communities to be               shortchanged. 

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R