It’s not often that we get geeked about the arrival of new taxes and fees. But the hike in fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees that kicked in Sunday marks the start of what should be a sustained effort to improve Michigan’s infrastructure.

And that ultimately will make the state more competitive, and more livable.

Anyone who has filled up at the pump this week has likely noticed the sudden increase in prices. Per gallon gasoline taxes jumped seven cents.

Or perhaps you didn’t notice. Fuel prices have moved up and down so sharply for the past couple of years that there’s rarely been a long stretch when costs are stable.

And for motorists who not so long ago paid upward of $4 a gallon for gasoline, the current range of $2 to $2.50 seems affordable, even with the additional tax.