Delegates to the Libertarian Party of Michigan state convention made their feelings about Gretchen Whitmer’s 45¢/gallon gas tax increase clear last Saturday April 13.
They expressed their typical opposition to all taxes while hinting at out-of-the-box solutions like private roads.
They also aligned themselves with the mainstream of the electorate by pointing to the historically lopsided defeat of a more modest road tax proposal in 2015.
Over two-thirds of those attending the event at the Courtyard by Marriot in Bay City voted to support this resolution:
Whereas a tax on gas for roads was rejected by the voters in 2015;
Whereas the vote in 2015 was the largest defeat in Michigan history of a ballot proposal to amend the state constitution;
Whereas the legislature increased taxes in Michigan since the aforementioned defeat;
Whereas the state of Michigan takes in more than enough revenue to pay for road maintenance; Whereas the state spends that revenue on non-essential, self-serving or harmful, projects;
Whereas voluntary alternatives such as private roads are worthy of consideration;
Whereas taxation is theft;
Be it resolved, that we oppose any increase in the Michigan gas tax, or in any other tax.