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1610, 19 Nov 14

Walker Does Not Shut Down Spending and Tax Increase

I was hoping for something firmer.

MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told The Associated Press on Tuesday that significant changes will be made to the state Department of Transportation’s proposal to increase taxes and fees on drivers by $751 million, but he did not specifically say what he wants altered.

The budget was submitted to the governor on Friday by Transportation Department Secretary Mark Gottlieb, a Walker appointee. The proposal would raise the gas tax 5 cents a gallon, impose a fee for new purchases amounting to $800 on a $32,000 vehicle, and create a $50 annual charge for owners of electric and hybrid cars.

Walker refused to rule out anything in the department’s budget, including a gas tax increase he previously opposed.


1610, 19 November 2014


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Maybe the first thing I’m willing to criticize Walker on.

    Scott, don’t play patsy for the road building lobby. Thats what liberals do.

    Just say no.

  2. steveegg

    You saw what the road builders did to Tom Reynolds for ending gas-tax indexing. They’re the one group that can break Walker.

    In short, there will be 8 lanes going from both Madison and Milwaukee to the Illinois border even though Illinois recently rebuilt to only 6 lanes of Interstate on both the northernmost part of the Tri-State Tollway and much of the northern part of the Northwest/Jane Adams Memorial Tollway, 8 lanes between Oshkosh and Green Bay, every UpNorth town bypassed, most with underutilized 4-lane roads,….

  3. steveegg

    Oh, and Gottlieb wants to borrow $870 million on top of his $751 million tax increases.

  4. Steve Austin

    I think our friends in Talk Radio need to take this up and let Walker know this isn’t acceptable.

    The road builders lobby didn’t cast 1.2 million votes for Walker.

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