The co-chairman of the state’s powerful budget-writing committee called on Gov. Scott Walker this week to consider finding ways to raise revenue for the state’s transportation budget, which will suffer from a $939 million shortfall in the next biennium, according to the latest estimates.
Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, proposed lawmakers and Walker consider raising the state’s gas tax or create a toll road system to shore up the state’s funding for roads that has been subsidized with borrowing for years.
But Walker on Wednesday stood firm in his long-held opposition to raising taxes or imposing fees to help pay for road projects — putting him at odds with leaders in his own party who have implored the governor to consider finding new revenue.
A Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo released this week at Nygren’s request says the state needs to find $939 million for the 2017-19 budget to keep funding at the same level as what lawmakers passed in the current state budget.