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Panel to propose higher gas tax, registration fees

Funds would tackle aging infrastructure

2:06 AM, Jan. 18, 2013
Most road projects in the state for 2012 have finished or have reached a point that traffic is not impeded. Workers cleaned the left west-bound lane before the opening of the new section of Highway 10 between Stevens Point and Marshfield in August.
Most road projects in the state for 2012 have finished or have reached a point that traffic is not impeded. Workers cleaned the left west-bound lane before the opening of the new section of Highway 10 between Stevens Point and Marshfield in August.
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A commission tasked with finding ways to close Wisconsin's $2 billion transportation funding gap will recommend a combination of higher taxes and fees, including a 5-cent increase in gasoline tax and vehicle registration fees based on miles traveled using an honor system.

Gannett Wisconsin Media has learned the Transportation Finance and Policy Commission will release a report next week that recommends that the Legislature take steps to generate an additional $479.5 million annually to help the state keep up with road, bridge, airport, transit, bike and rail maintenance projects.

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