GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It should come as no surprise Paul Ajegba, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, would like to see the fuel tax increased as suggested by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The hike would give his department more money to work on roads. He says the weight of trucks or the way roads are built are often brought up for causes of Michigan’s poor rating when it comes to our infrastructure. However, Ajegba said the real problem is money.
“MDOT been placed in a position for the past, I would say, maybe 10 years or more now, where we’ve been forced to do a lot of short-term fixes. After a while, when people see you do a road project, they just assume the problem is fixed, not realizing that it’s just a short-term fix to kick the can down the road,“ Ajegba said.
Ajegba talks about raising the fuel tax and what he thinks it could mean for Michigan long term on this March 31 episode of “To The Point.“