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Higher gas tax, fees eyed to fix highways

State seeks revenue for transportation infrastructure

1:20 AM, Jan. 18, 2013
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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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