Gov. Walker on UpFront: No Appetite to Raise Gas Tax, Fees - WBAY

Gov. Walker on UpFront: No Appetite to Raise Gas Tax, Fees


Governor Walker says he has "no appetite" to raise the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

He appeared on UpFront With Mike Gousha Sunday morning.

Click here to watch the entire interview.

Governor Walker, previewing his budget proposal in February, says his proposal to cut middle-class tax cuts would target the mid-section of the tax code for families and small businesses making roughly between $20,000 and $200,000 a year.

In return, Governor Walker said, it could mean several hundred dollars for Wisconsin families, from the administration's count of a $342 million budget surplus.

"We lower those tax rates in the middle section, put more money back in the hands of small business owners as well as individuals as consumers, that's going to help stimulate the economy," Governor Walker said on UpFront.

With that, though, a report last week suggested raising the gas tax and increasing the state's vehicle registration fees to help fund road projects.

Sunday morning, Governor Walker advocated against that.

"I don't have the appetite," Governor Walker said. "I don't think most of the legislature - Democrat and Republican alike - have an appetite for it.

After the Governor's State of the State speech, Democrats have been questioning his details and numbers.

"He didn't give us many specifics in how we're going to do this, so that raises some concerns for me." Democratic Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber said Tuesday.

Governor Walker will release his budget proposal in February before it goes to state lawmakers.

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