Funding road maintenance through a toll system is back on the table, and both Reps. Peter Barca and Robin Vos support the idea.
Barca, D-Somers, and Vos, R-Burlington, are looking for alternatives to raising the gas tax, but Vos told The Journal Times he doesn’t think a toll system is realistically on Wisconsin’s horizon anytime soon.
Because nearly 80 percent of the state’s transportation funds come from a gas tax, Vos said representatives need to look at other revenue sources to maintain the state’s roadways.
“As a Republican I don’t stand up saying ‘it’s great we’re going to raise fees,’” Vos is quoted as saying. “But I do believe people should pay for what they use.”
Barca pointed out that with vehicles becoming more energy efficient, the state will collect fewer taxes in the coming years so alternatives need to be discussed and planned now.
This winter has wreaked havoc on area roadways – locally and along interstates like I-94, which gets some of the heaviest traffic in the state – putting a renewed emphasis on road repair and maintenance.
Do you think Wisconsin needs a toll system?