Prosser: A conservative case for a gas tax hike


Wisconsin is mired in a budget stalemate over transportation funding, with no dispute that the roads fund needs hundreds of millions of additional dollars. Gov. Walker and Senate Republicans favor borrowing the money; the Assembly wants to raise revenue. Here are former Assembly Speaker and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser’s “unpleasant but honest suggestions”. > Isthmus

Wal-Mart would support state gas tax increase, with one condition


Wal-Mart was one of several businesses that helped kill a proposed fee on heavy trucks supported by the Assembly as a solution to the transportation budget standoff, but said it would support raising the gas tax by up to five cents per gallon – if lawmakers repeal the minimum markup law for gasoline. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin’s biggest business group supports more road revenue – just not right now


Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s largest business lobbying group, says its board supports a gas tax or vehicle registration fee increase to pay for roads, but it also says those ideas aren’t politically viable this year, given allies Gov. Walker and Senate Republicans are opposed to the fees. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker suggests linking road tolling to hitting up out-of-state drivers


Gov. Walker has indicated he could accept Wisconsin’s first-ever use of tolling if it brings in money from out-of-state drivers and uses that money to lower gas taxes for state residents. Walker’s suggestion provides a possible way to restart budget talks that have stalled in large part because of Republicans’ road funding squabbles. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Has a full state budget veto ever been done in Wisconsin? The answer is no.


Gov. Walker is threatening to take the unprecedented step of vetoing the entire Wisconsin state budget if it raises property taxes on homeowners. Making the threat once Thursday and again Monday via a series of tweets, Walker says Republicans who ran on a promise of lowering taxes ‘need to keep that pledge’. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker tweets threat to veto entire budget, perplexing Republicans who control Legislature


Gov. Walker, in another sign of escalating tension with fellow Republicans, vowed via Twitter Monday to take the unprecedented step of vetoing the entire $76 billion state budget if it raises property taxes on homeowners. > Wisconsin State Journal

At public listening session in Newville, almost all support gas tax option for funding roads

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Hosted by state Reps. Don Vruwink (D-Milton) and Deb Kolste (D-Janesville) in Newville Friday, a listening session on roads funding attracted speakers from transportation-related agencies, local municipal officials and interested residents. And there was near unanimous agreement about raising the gas tax to fund fixes to Wisconsin’s roads and highways.  >  Janesville Gazette