There is a tax-raising uprising happening in the Wisconsin GOP.
Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, says lawmakers need to find a long-term fix for the transportation fund.
Appearing Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” Steineke said the fund has a more than $600 million shortfall and the Department of Transportation is having to look at delaying projects and maintenance.
“We’re going to pay for this at some point,” Steineke said. “So either we pay for it now and fix it, fix the fund for the long term, or we’re going to make our kids pay for it down the road.”
Gov. Scott Walker has said he’s opposed to raising the gas tax or registration fees unless the increase is offset somewhere else in the state budget.
Steineke said he respects the governor’s position, but an offset is “unrealistic” given other budget pressures.
“I think we’re letting our rigid ideology get in the way of reality,” Steineke said.