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Road builders upset over gubernatorial candidates’ positions on tolls

Toll booths -- like this one on the Indiana Toll Road in South Bend, Ind. -- could return to Wisconsin roads. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Santiago Flores)

Gubernatorial candidates in Wisconsin are saying "no" to toll booths -- like this one on the Indiana Toll Road in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Santiago Flores)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The head of the group representing Wisconsin’s road builders says he’s disappointed the three major candidates for governor all say they oppose toll roads.

Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association executive director Pat Goss said Thursday that despite those positions, the group will continue to lobby for toll roads with the next governor.

Goss said he wasn’t surprised that Republicans Scott Walker and Mark Neumann and Democrat Tom Barrett all say they oppose toll roads. Goss said none of them have said anything different to him in private meetings.

Goss said it’s premature to eliminate any option to assist with transportation funding in Wisconsin.

Transportation needs are primarily paid for with the gas tax, vehicle registration fees and federal money.

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4 comments

  1. Reportedly, Scott Walker personally accepted an estimated $50,000 in campaign cash from the roadbuilders last winter at an Orlando location.

  2. And why is that important, Jim Doyle accepted Millions from the Indian tribes, right?

  3. You state that transportation needs are primarily paid for with the gas tax, vehicle registration and federal money. FALSE! 40% of transportation needs – or about $1.3 billion are paid through the property tax in Wisconsin. On average, a Wisconsin property taxpayers will see 20% of his property taxes go for transportation costs. Mainly roads.

  4. You state that “Transportation needs are primarily paid for with the gas tax, vehicle registration fees and federal money.” That is not accurate. Property taxes in Wisconsin pay for $1.3 billion of the transportation budget – or about 40% of the total. It’s misleading to omit this basic fact.

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