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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A “bottlenecker” is someone who uses the power of the government to limit competition in the market and artificially boost their own profits. Bottleneckers use a variety of methods to achieve their goals, including tax loopholes, regulations, occupational licensing requirements, minimum wage laws and many more. The end result when these special interest bottleneckers succeed is fewer choices and higher prices for consumers, fewer job opportunities for workers and less innovation throughout the economy.

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