Madison – Governor Scott Walker issued the following statement today reiterating his opposition to any increase to the state’s gas tax or vehicle registration fee.
When I ran for reelection in 2014, I made it clear I would not support increases to the gas tax or vehicle registration fee without corresponding decreases in other state taxes.
I am going to keep my promise to the people.
In our upcoming budget proposal, we will put forward a plan that focuses on the safety and maintenance of Wisconsin’s roads and bridges. Specifically, the plan will provide the following:
- More transportation funding for all levels of local government.
- The most funding in state history for our State Highway Rehabilitation Program.
- A commitment to traffic safety and road maintenance with significant increases in funding for pavement preservation, new signs, lighting, etc.
- The lowest level of borrowing since the 2001-2003 state budget.
- A commitment to long-term major projects.
Our plan does all of this without raising taxes or fees. If the Assembly leadership’s plan is to raise taxes it would come as a surprise to November voters. They should make their plan public so the people understand exactly how much it would cost them.
Wisconsin Republicans were elected in 2010 to lower taxes and rein in an out-of-control government. We cannot now, after six years in charge, turn our backs on the people who placed their trust in us to make good on that promise.
Governor Walker issued his statement after Senator Chris Kapenga’s office released a Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo outlining a scenario in which the state’s gas tax would need to increase by 91%, or 28.1 cents per gallon, to pay for all of Wisconsin’s transportation “wants.”