Michigan politicians who seek to curtail Ontario garbage shipments have found inspiration in Ohio as that state debates more than doubling its tip fees. Ohio is considering a proposal to raise the fees it charges at state landfills to US $4.75 per ton, an increase of $2.75. Michigan Democrats are calling on the Republican-dominated state legislature to raise Michigan’s fees to $7.50 from the current 21 cents per ton.
Michigan House Democratic Leader Dianne Byrum was quoted saying, "While other states are increasing their dumping charges to deal with their waste problems, Michigan is alone in offering bargain-basement prices to the waste industry." Toronto officials said in February that the Democrats’ proposal would add CAD $10-million to the approximate $54-million annual cost of shipping the city’s waste to Michigan.