Greendale rep explains impact of gas tax, license fee increases

CREATED Jan. 24, 2013

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MADISON - A state commission is recommending a series of tax and fee increases to help pay for Wisconsin's transportation needs. 

The recommendations include raising the gas tax by five cents, and increasing the costs to get a driver license and to register a vehicle. 

Greendale Republican State Representative Jeff Stone told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Gene Mueller it also includes a fee based on how many miles you drive.

"The more you drive, the more gas tax you pay," explained Stone.

Stone also told Mueller it would be an uphill battle to get the commission's recommendations approved.

That would cost the average driver an extra $120/year.

"The biggest thing that's got a chance of happening in the short term, is one of the recommendations that says we need to make sure the money collected in the gas tax and registration stays in the transportation fund.  I think you'll see the legislature act on that pretty quickly."

The proposals would bring in about $479 million each year over the next decade.