For followers of this blog, you know that I have suggested on several occasions, that Governor Walker raise the gasoline tax in Wisconsin and get on with fixing our state, county and local roadways. The non-interstate roadways have become an embarrassment are are down right dangerous in some areas as road surfaces continue to erode and bridges continue to crumble.

But no…the tax conscious governor will only consider increasing the gas tax if taxes from other revenue streams are reduced by a like amount. Just another rob Peter to pay Paul scheme. Months ago when gas was around $2.25, a dime increase in the gas tax would have gone totally unnoticed.

But now that he’s hot on the campaign trail all of a sudden the governor is suggesting that the state increase the highway revenues sent the counties be increased by 50%.

Walker, who has said he would release a transportation plan this month, announced Monday he would increase annual state funding to counties for roads by $57 million, from $111 million to $168 million.

“Our plan would provide the most state funding for county roads since county general transportation aids were created in 1994,” said a statement from Walker, who made the announcement at a Wisconsin Counties Association meeting in La Crosse.

And how the heck is he going to pay for it? The governor who won’t raise the gas tax? Who has mismanaged infrastructure funding in every one of his budgets. The governor who has increased borrowing for highways in every single budget he’s proposed. Sure low gasoline taxes are great until you need to fix something…but when you can’t fix something because your gas tax revenue is being consumed by debt payments…where are we making any headway.

So…we’ll have a transportation plan soon…we’ll have increased revenue for county roads and highways. This is just more campaign rhetoric and there won’t be any follow through or substance if Scott Walker gets re-elected. I sure hope he isn’t counting on President Trump’s infrastructure plan!

Editor’s Note 09/27/18: National report: Half of Wisconsin’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition

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