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The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments is making its position on raising the Michigan gas tax clear. It favors the move.

The group representing 166 local governments prefers the Senate bill, which would likely double fuel taxes by 2018. The plan would also generate more than $1.2 billion to boost road repair.  The House version would devote about the same amount toward roads by 2021 and swapping the sales tax on gas with a direct fuel tax.

The Senate plan represents a significant tax increase for motorists. The House plan meantime would divert hundreds of millions in sales tax revenue that would otherwise go to the School Aid Fund, local governments and mass transit systems.

Make no mistake this will become a huge political football- and soon.