MASB Statement Regarding New House Proposal to Remove Taxes on Fuel

Jennifer Smith, Director of Government Relations
[email protected] or 517.327.5912 or 517.204.6015

LANSING, Mich. – Don Wotruba, CAE, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Boards, issued the following statement in response to the introduction of legislation to remove sales and use taxes from gasoline:

“We agree that roads and infrastructure are a priority for Michigan, but those priorities must be accomplished alongside the education of Michigan’s children. We urge the Legislature to reconsider the proposal to remove the sales tax on gasoline and backfill the School Aid Fund with income tax revenue.

We must stop looking to fix all of Michigan’s issues in ways that put schools and students at risk. This proposal puts a huge strain on our state’s budget and will lead to cuts to essential services and supports for our families and children. Michigan residents have shown support raising revenues for schools and roads and deserve a responsible plan to fix our roads, fully fund our schools and maintain key services; House Bills 5582-5587 will not do that.”