Wisconsin could join more than 30 other states in instituting a toll system to help fund road projects. State Republicans say it might be the best way to address its transportation funding since gas taxes and other potential revenue streams may not be able to raise enough funds. State Senator Andre Jacque says in addition to concerns about how tolling would affect the area’s tourism, there are many initial obstacles they would have to overcome before they would see money come from it.
Jacque says one other possible solution could be to move some vehicle-related sales tax revenues from the general fund to the transportation budget. Neighboring state Illinois has five toll roads totaling 294 miles and collected over $1.38 billion from 2.7 million daily transactions in 2017.