It's no surprise that Michigan roads are in bad shape and seem to worsen. And county roads and bridges need more than double the existing funding to maintain them. And now lawmakers are considering a new way to fund the roads by requiring Michigan drivers to pay per mile driven.

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Michigan Residents Could Be Charged To Use The Road

Whether you drive on Michigan highways or backroads, you can tell that the quality of their infrastructure is in rough shape. Lawmakers have debated how to pay for fixing Michigan's roads following stagnant investment and the continued shift toward electric, hybrid, and more fuel-efficient vehicles. According to MLive, a mileage-based usage fee system is among the possibilities to replace the gas tax.

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Lawmakers recently added $5 million to proposed budget bills for a pilot program to assess replacing traditional gas taxes with a mileage-based road usage fee. Money for the pilot would come from the state general fund under $6.8 billion transportation budget bills.

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The pilot program would be voluntary, with participants paying a mileage-based fee but getting a refund for any fuel taxes or registration fees they pay. While it's unclear which route Michigan will take to track miles, other states have implemented GPS systems that track your mileage but not where you’re going. Others have drivers provide an odometer reading once or twice a year instead. If the proposal makes it through the budget process, MDOT would lead the study for one year and report findings to the Legislature by the end of 2026, including cost, privacy issues, data collection technology, feasibility, and participant acceptance.

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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Michigan

If you're looking for a peaceful place to settle down and raise a family, you're looking for good schools, low crime rates, plentiful jobs, and a prosperous economy. These are not the cities you're looking for. Based on a ranking from RoadSnacks.net, here are the 10 Worst Places To Live In Michigan. For RoadSnack.com's methodology, see the link in the #1 entry.

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