Wisconsin GOP shoots down transportation funding ideasRepublican leaders are shooting down idea after idea from a special transportation funding commission before the panel even releases its final report.
By: By Shawn Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Republican leaders are shooting down idea after idea from a special transportation funding commission before the panel even releases its final report.
The Wisconsin Commission on Transportation Finance and Policy will release its final report today. The Commission's preliminary suggestions included a gas tax increase and new mileage-based vehicle registration fee.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters on Tuesday the tax increase won't pass the state legislature, and neither will the registration fee.
“That is not going to happen any time in the future,” Vos said. “I certainly believe in the idea of saying that people who use the roads, who use highways, should be the ones paying for it. But at the same time, having us be the first place in the country that has some kind of a new device in your car — probably not the right way for Wisconsin to go at this time.”
Vos was asked if he'd feel differently about a system where drivers self-report the number of miles they drive to set their registration fee. He said he'd have to see the details.
Governor Walker had previously objected to any kind of a gas tax to pay for roads.