Michigan’s tax on gasoline rose from 19 cents per gallon to 26.3 cents per gallon on Jan. 1, 2017. This tax increase is expected to raise $236 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The money is going to fix roads. The number is expected to rise to $313 million in 2017-18, which will be the first full year the tax hike will be in effect. Analysts project the increased taxes will generate an extra $1.48 billion from 2016-17 to 2020-21.

A media outlet is reporting a special interest group’s Facebook memes claiming that the state is not setting aside money for infrastructure improvements.

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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