Evers says gas tax increase likely to be recommended

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers said a task force he created to come up with funding solutions to pay for Wisconsin roads likely will propose a gas tax increase.

Evers wouldn’t tell reporters Tuesday how much he expected the group to recommend increasing the tax. It is currently 32.9 cents a gallon.

Evers wants to include the task force’s funding recommendation in the two-year state budget he will release Feb. 28.

Evers said there “seems to be some consensus” among the task force and “at least part of it is gas-tax increases.” That is something Evers has been open to in the past.

Some Republicans who control the Legislature are opposed to any tax or fee increases for roads. Republican leaders have said a gas tax increase won’t be enough and have instead voice support for toll roads.