Gov. Evers’ budget includes 8-cent gas tax

Gov. Evers’ budget includes 8-cent gas tax

Gov. Tony Evers budget includes an eight cent gas tax increase.

Craig Thompson, secretary-designee of the Department of Transportation, says it’s necessary to fix the state’s crumbling roads.

“We’ve pushed this off for a long time,” he said. “We’ve fallen behind in terms of conditions our neighbors in the Midwest pretty substantially.”

Still, others have pushed back at the idea of a tax increase.

“I think instead of adding a new tax on things that are already really costly, there should be better budgeting and plans for the taxes that are already brought in.” said Makya Vandiver-Hawkins, a Milton resident.

Thompson says he anticipated some pushback to the plan.

“There should be natural resistance when you talk about raising a fee or a tax,” he said. “I think when you look at the value proposition of what we’re setting forth to do, increasing money that’s going back to the locals, and putting money into our current state highways to get them in better repair.”

Others say they’re in favor of the plan, as long as the taxes go towards helping the roads.

“I’ve seen some pretty hideous potholes,” said Dianne Young. “I guess in the absence of tolls in Wisconsin this could be a good way of approaching those repairs.”

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