- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers have begun voting on a major road funding plan, more than 11 hours after the deal was announced by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders.

The centerpiece is a constitutional amendment that would increase the state’s 6 percent sales tax to 7 percent if voters OK it in a May election. The ballot measure also would eliminate the sales tax that drivers pay at the pump.

Shortly before midnight, a House-Senate conference committee unanimously voted to significantly increase Michigan’s 19-cents-a-gallon gasoline tax and approved two other bills. The House is expected to begin voting on the overall plan early Friday.

Low-income earners who lost a tax break a few years ago would see it restored under another bill.

The changes are contingent on the ballot measure being approved.

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