Gas tax increase proposal approved

CREATED Jan 23, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Members of a bipartisan task force recommending a series of tax and fee increases to pay for the state's transportation needs says the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker must take a serious look at its proposal.

Transportation Finance and Policy Commission member John Antaramian of Kenosha said Wednesday it will be an uphill battle to get the recommendations approved. But he says lawmakers and Walker must look at the needs of the state and the importance available to address them.

Antaramian says he has faith policy makers will deal with the issue.

Among the group's recommendations are increasing the costs to register a vehicle, get a driver's license and buy gas in Wisconsin. The recommendations would generate about $479 million a year over the next 10 years.