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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The Republican Party fully controls most states and at the national level has captured the House, Senate and presidency. By many measures, the party has more power than it has had in many decades. But will that control last? And, more importantly, what policy priorities are coming about from these political victories?

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