House OKs Michigan road-funding plan

Inside the Michigan House of Representatives on June 3, 2015.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House has approved a plan to shift hundreds of millions of dollars from the state’s general fund and make other changes aimed at putting nearly $1.2 billion a year toward repairing the state’s roads.

Most bills were approved primarily along party lines Wednesday in the Republican-controlled House.

Along with many other changes, the 12-bill package would earmark $442 million from the general fund for roads in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.That number would increase to $792 million in the 2019 fiscal year.

The plan would raise the diesel tax to 19 cents from 15 cents to match the gas tax and index both taxes to inflation. Registration fees would be raised by $30 on certain hybrid vehicles and by $100 on electric vehicles.

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