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Fitzgerald, Vos: No gas tax increase to pay for roads

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature’s top Republicans say they’ll scrap Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal to raise the gas tax to help pay for roads.

Evers’ budget would raise the gas tax by 8 cents a gallon initially and then by about a penny annually to keep pace with inflation. It also calls for raising fees for the registration of heavy trucks and for titles on new car titles. The $75 registration fee most car owners pay wouldn’t change.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Friday that Republicans on the Legislature’s finance committee plan to revise Evers’ transportation proposals June 6. He says the GOP has ruled out raising the gas tax but may increase fees.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he believes a gas tax increase would be “tough to get done.”

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