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Thursday - February 8, 2018 8:57 am

Governor finally willing to consider higher gas tax

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What is the solution for fixing Wisconsin's crumbling roads? Lawmakers in Madison have struggled with that for years, and so far the only answer is to borrow more and more money to pay for road work. Clearly, that is not a sustainable solution, as debt payments take up more and more of the money we allocate for roads. The best answer appears to be raising the state's gas tax. Governor Walker has been steadfast in his opposition to raising the gas tax as a way to pay for road repairs, but now seems to be coming around. Walker has indicated a willingness to consider raising the gas tax, as long as that hike is offset by tax cuts elsewhere. It's about time. While Walker has continued to crow about cutting taxes, our roads continue to deteriorate. Wisconsin's roads and highways are ranked the worst in the Midwest, and among the worst in the nation. The state's gas tax has not been raised since 2006, even as road construction costs rise. The state's other major source of revenue for roads, the vehicle registration fee, hasn't been raised in ten years. Nobody likes paying more taxes, but we also don't like driving on roads that threaten to swallow us up as we drive. Raising the gas tax is a sustainable solution for paying for road work and makes much more sense than continuing to put it on a credit card.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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