State transportation funding issues offer differing views

Democratic state Senator Dave Hansen and Republican state Senator Andre Jacque have differing views when it comes to how transportation funding should be addressed in the upcoming budget. Under the approved transportation budget, vehicle title fees would be raised by $95 and registration would go up $10. Governor Tony Evers suggested raising the gas tax by eight cents and an increase on fees for heavy trucks to cover his $600 million request to fund transportation projects in the state. Senator Jacque would prefer to see some of the state’s surplus money go towards the transportation issues.

A gas tax would be the fairest way of raising transportation revenue according to Senator Hansen, who supported an effort to index it in 2005 to help it keep pace with inflation.

The transportation funding package also includes money from the general fund to pay for some local road projects and a study on whether fees based on miles driven could be implemented.

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