Is a Gas Tax Hike a Good Way to Fund Infrastructure Improvements?
A proposed gas tax hike would pay for road and bridge improvements. The state has a budget surplus, but also says it may not have the money to finish the Zoo Interchange in time.
A state transportation commission is proposing a 5-cent gas tax increase and other fee hikes to support road and infrastructure improvements around the state.
The group says the changes would raise $480 million a year over 10 years and cost residents $120 a year. Gov. Scott Walker has planned to oppose any gas tax increase, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, and WisPolitics.com reports that the Legislative Fiscal Bureau projects a $484 million budget surplus by 2015.
However, the state Department of Transporation said last year it feared there would not be enough money to complete the $1.7 billion Zoo Interchange project in the planned six-year window. Wauwatosa leaders are pushing to get it done and have support of state Rep. Dale Koonyega in trying to have the project meet the deadline.
So should the state make this move to generate more funds to build and rehabilitate roads and bridges, or should the surplus go in part to make these fixes? Vote in our poll and discuss in the comments.