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2014 House Bill 5477: Increase gas tax

Public Act 468 of 2014

Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on April 23, 2014
To replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 6 percent wholesale fuel tax. The tax could only rise by 5 percent per year even if the price of fuel rose faster, but if the price of fuel fell the rate could be increased to prevent any reduction in tax revenue compared to the 2014 level.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on April 23, 2014
Reported in the House on May 7, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on May 8, 2014
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014
Substitute offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on May 8, 2014
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on May 8, 2014
To cap the total revenue from the proposed tax at the amount of revenue that would have been generated under the current per-gallon gas and diesel taxes.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 8, 2014
Passed 85 to 24 in the House on May 8, 2014.
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To replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 6 percent wholesale fuel tax. The tax could only rise by 5 percent per year even if the price of fuel rose faster, but if the price of fuel fell the rate could be increased to prevent any reduction in tax revenue compared to the 2014 level. This is part of a House road funding package.
Received in the Senate on May 13, 2014
Referred to the Senate Infrastructure Modernization Committee on May 13, 2014
Reported in the Senate on May 21, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on May 21, 2014
To adopt a version of the bill that would replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale fuel tax, gradually increasing to 15.5 percent in 2018. This would represent a tax hike of $1.2 billion at current fuel prices.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 21, 2014
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on June 11, 2014
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4391, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4391 would increase the state earned income tax credit from an amount equal to 6 percent of the federal EITC, to 25 percent.
Substitute offered by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on June 11, 2014
To adopt a version of the bill that would replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 7.0 percent wholesale fuel tax, gradually increasing to 15 percent over five years.
The substitute failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on June 11, 2014
To link the bill to Senate Joint Resolution A, which proposes a Constitutional amendment to impose a 1 percent sales tax increase that would go to roads, replacing the state motor fuel and diesel taxes. If it were adopted then this bill would not go into effect.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014
Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on June 11, 2014
To increase the corporate income tax to 7 percent if the bill is enacted.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014
Substitute offered by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on June 11, 2014
To adopt a version of the bill that would replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 7.0 percent wholesale fuel tax.
The substitute failed 14 to 24 in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
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Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on June 11, 2014
The vote by which the substitute was defeated.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2014
Substitute offered by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on June 11, 2014
To adopt a version of the bill that would replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 7.0 percent wholesale fuel tax.
The substitute failed 19 to 16 in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
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Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on June 11, 2014
Vote by which the substitute was not adopted.
The motion failed 26 to 12 in the Senate on June 11, 2014.
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Substitute offered by Sen. David Robertson (R) on June 12, 2014
To adopt a version of the bill that would peg the current 19 cent per gallon gas tax to inflation, allowing it to rise at the same rate as the consumer price index.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 12, 2014
Failed 17 to 20 in the Senate on June 12, 2014.
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To adopt a version of the bill that would peg the current 19 cent per gallon gas tax to inflation, allowing it to rise at the same rate as the consumer price index.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on June 12, 2014
To reconsider the vote by which the bill was defeated.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 13, 2014
Received in the Senate on November 13, 2014
Substitute offered by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on November 13, 2014
To accept the substitute version of the bill that was finally adopted by the Senate on Nov. 13.
The substitute passed 18 to 14 in the Senate on November 13, 2014.
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Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on November 13, 2014.
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To replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale fuel tax, gradually increasing to 15.5 percent in 2018. When fully phased-in this would represent a tax hike of around $1.2 billion at current wholesale fuel prices, more than doubling current fuel taxes to 41 cents per gallon.
Received in the House on November 13, 2014
Substitute offered by Rep. Anthony Forlini (R) on December 4, 2014
To adopt a version of the bill that would convert the gas tax a 19 cent per gallon levy to a 13.5 percent imposition on the wholesale price of fuel, which would be an increase of around 20 cents per gallon at current prices. However, this is linked to House Bill 4539, which exempts fuel from the 6 percent state sales tax, making the package revenue neutral, with no net tax increase.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on December 4, 2014
To revise timing details of the bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on December 4, 2014
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4539 and 5460, meaning this bill cannot become law unless those ones do also. HB 4539 would no longer impose the 6 percent sales tax on gas and diesel motor fuel sales, HB 5460 would require local road agencies to get warranties from contractors for road construction and preservation projects.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Passed 58 to 51 in the House on December 4, 2014.
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To replace the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax and 15-cent diesel tax with a 7.5 percent wholesale fuel tax, gradually increasing to 13.5 percent over six years. When fully phased-in this would represent a tax hike of around 20 cents per gallon current wholesale fuel prices. See also House Bill 4539, which would phase out the state sales tax on fuel sales over the same period, resulting in no net tax increase. This bill is not "tie barred" to that one however, meaning it does not have to go into effect for this one to.
Received in the Senate on December 9, 2014
Failed 7 to 30 in the Senate on December 11, 2014.
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To concur with the House-passed version of the bill. The vote sends the measure to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences.
Received in the Senate on December 11, 2014
Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on December 19, 2014.
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To increase the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax to 41.7 cents, and the 15-cent diesel tax to 46.4 cents, and index these taxes to inflation. This would be partially offset by exempting fuel sales from the state sales tax (House Bill 4539). However, neither bill will go into law unless voters approve House Joint Resolution UU in a May 5, 2015 vote, which would increase the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. When combined with other tax hike bills in the package it represents a net tax increase of around $2 billion.
Received in the House on December 11, 2014
Passed 93 to 17 in the House on December 19, 2014.
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(same description)
To increase the current 19-cent per gallon gas tax to 41.7 cents, and the 15-cent diesel tax to 46.4 cents, and index these taxes to inflation. This would be partially offset by exempting fuel sales from the state sales tax (House Bill 4539). However, neither bill will go into law unless voters approve House Joint Resolution UU in a May 5, 2015 vote, which would increase the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. When combined with other tax hike bills in the package it represents a net tax increase of around $2 billion.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 12, 2015

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