Dem governor candidates float gas tax increases at transportation forum

The Democrats vying to unseat Gov. Scott Walker are generally in agreement that, if elected, they would put more money into Wisconsin’s roads. Where they differ is exactly how they’d do that. > Cap Times

While Walker opposes raising gas tax, Dem challengers would hike it to avoid construction delays


The Democratic candidates for governor want to put more money into Wisconsin’s roads, and most of them are prepared to raise the gas tax to do it — an idea that GOP Gov. Scott Walker has long opposed. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Trump’s infrastructure plan may leave Walker in road funding quandary


President Trump touted rolled out his infrastructure plan Monday, but his proposal may leave state Republicans as split as ever when it comes to road funding. The plan Trump unveiled would put $1.5 trillion toward infrastructure over the next decade, but just $200 billion of it would come from the federal government. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

State Journal: ‘Yes, please, increase the gas tax for better Wisconsin roads’


Gov. Scott Walker recently said he’s open to raising Wisconsin’s gas tax for the first time in more than a decade. That’s good, because our transportation system definitely needs more investment. Wisconsin’s roads are the worst in the Midwest, according to a state audit, and nearly the worst in the nation. > Wisconsin State Journal

Walker challenger Mahlon Mitchell calls for a return to gas tax indexing


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell is advocating for increasing the state’s gas tax, a question on which Gov. Scott Walker has been noncommittal. Mitchell said he thinks people are afraid to talk about taxes: “I’m just not. You have to create more revenue, and there’s only a couple ways to do that.” > Cap Times

Walker now says he’d consider gas tax hike to access federal road money


Gov. Scott Walker is signaling a possible new willingness to raise the state’s gas tax in order to tap into a proposed federal infrastructure spending package. Walker made the remarks Thursday after President Trump called for a massive increase in road funding during his State of the Union address earlier this week. > Wisconsin Public Radio

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