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Walker still opposes gas tax hike

Gov. Scott Walker discusses ongoing state budget negotiations on Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Portage, Wis. Walker says he remains opposed to a vehicle registration fee increase or gas tax hike to help pay for state highway construction and repair in Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Gov. Scott Walker discusses ongoing state budget negotiations Thursday in Portage. Walker says he remains opposed to a vehicle registration fee increase or gas tax hike to help pay for state highway construction and repair in Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he remains opposed to a vehicle registration fee increase or gas tax hike to help pay for state highway construction and repair in Wisconsin.

Walker commented Thursday as lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee are working to finish the two-year state spending plan by Friday. One of the last unresolved issues is how to pay for roads.

Walker’s plan relied on $1.3 billion in bonding. But lawmakers have balked and are talking about raising vehicle registration fees or delaying massive projects, like the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee.

Walker says the only way he’d agree to a gas tax or vehicle registration fee increase is if other taxes are reduced an equal amount.

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