Evers’ Pick to Lead DOT Will Recommend Increasing Costs for Wisconsin Drivers
February 1, 2019
[Madison, WI] – Governor Evers’ Transportation Secretary stated yesterday that he’ll recommend the Governor increase the state’s gas tax or vehicle fees in his first budget. Evers’ pick to lead Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation noted that other options, including tolling, are also being considered to help to pay for the administration’s increased spending. However, Evers’ Secretary said that even with a tax or fee increase, Wisconsinites are not likely to see immediate improvements to the state’s roads.
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Tony Evers’ transportation secretary signals he wants to raise the gas tax or vehicle fees
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 31, 2019
Gov. Tony Evers’ pick to lead the Department of Transportation signaled Thursday he would recommend raising the gas tax or vehicle fees to help pay for roads as he convened a task force.
Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson said he believed more money was needed for transportation and the best way to get it would be to increase gas taxes or vehicle fees.
Other options, including tolling, will also be considered by the task force. But Thompson noted tolling would take years to implement and initially could be used only in limited ways because federal law limits tolling on interstate highways in many states
“There is a problem. It’s been documented. It’s not opinion; it’s been documented by metrics across the board,” Thompson said. “I do believe that the current revenue we have we will not be able to significantly improve conditions and increase access to transit and some of the other things we need to do. So I do believe we are going to need more revenue.”
Evers did not take questions from reporters afterward, but he said on the campaign trail he was open to raising gas taxes or vehicle fees.
The state’s gas tax is 32.9 cents per gallon. The annual fee for automobiles is $75, though some local governments tack on additional fees.
Thompson said even with a tax or fee increase, it will take time before people see improvements to the state’s roads.
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