Lansing -- Gov. Rick Snyder called on the Legislature in Wednesday night's State of the State address to find a way to raise $1.2 billion in additional annual funding to fix the state's crumbling roads, allow no-reason absentee voting and reform no-fault auto insurance.
He renewed previous endorsements of hiking motor vehicle registration fees and changing the 19-cents-per-gallon gas tax to a percentage tax based on the wholesale rate that can grow with inflation and rising oil prices. That would make it easier for the revenue raised to keep up with rising costs for fixing roads, bridges and railroads. He also wants to change the state's 62-year-old road funding formula.