Report: Rep. Vos discusses installing toll roads in Wisconsin

CREATED Nov 16, 2012

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  • Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester). | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON - Toll road talk is starting again in Wisconsin. 

An upcoming commission report is expected to show a need for up to $6 billion dollars in additional transportation funds over the next decade, according to incoming Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. 

He told that in the past the state has borrowed money to help, but he'd like to move in another direction.

"I don't want to raise the gas tax.  I don't think we should have, at this point, some sort of vehicle mile," said Vos. 

"So the options that are left are to take money out of the general fund, which I hope we can do this year, but we should at least ask the federal government if we can have the option to explore a tollway in parts of Wisconsin where we can generate money from out-of-state tourists, and do it in a way that could hopefully pay for our roads."

Vos says the feds limit toll options, but he'd at least like to have the idea be a part of discussion over money when it comes to the roads budget in Wisconsin.