Christopher Douglas is an associate professor in the department of economics at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he has been on faculty since 2007. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering and his B.S. in economics from Michigan Technological University in 2001, and his Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University in 2007. Dr. Douglas teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, International Economics, Public Finance, and Sports Economics. He also teaches a course in quantitative methods and econometrics in the Masters of Public Administration program.
State policymakers should start thinking about a permanent replacement for the gas tax, such as mileage-based user fees.
A transition from per-gallon fuel taxes to a mileage-based user fee system should be considered as a strategy to ensure adequate road funding for Michigan’s future.