With gasoline prices poking near the $3 a gallon mark — and lower in some places — state policy makers should exploit the opportunity to raise the fuel tax.

The roads in Michigan are disintegrating, and they won’t get fixed without more revenue.

Adding 15-20 cents to the fuel tax will still leave the per-gallon price well below what motorists are used to paying. And they’ll have the benefit of roads that don’t tear up their vehicles.

Prices should stay down into the post-election lame duck session.

Lawmakers should raise the fuel tax then.

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