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Assembly speaker Vos supports looking at Wisconsin highway tolls

Toll booth.
Toll booth.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - When it comes to charging tolls on Wisconsin highways, there’s been a lot of talk but no action over the years.

Now, the state Assembly’s new speaker – Republican Robin Vos – says something must be done to raise an estimated $6 billion in road funding for the next decade.

He says lawmakers should look at the idea of charging tolls on highways that out of state tourists drive on the most.

Vos represents the Burlington area in Racine County. He says many of his constituents have passes to drive the toll roads in neighboring Illinois.

The federal government would have to approve the tolls, and Vos says the state should at least ask. And while that happens, Vos says he’d like to see more of Wisconsin’s general tax dollars go toward new and improved highways in next year’s state budget.

Vos told a luncheon sponsored by WisPolitics.Com that he’s against raising the gas tax, because it’s already high. He said indexing the gas tax to inflation is not likely to be revived. And he said the recently-discussed idea of charging motorists according to how many miles they drive is, “probably not ready for prime-time yet.”