Wisconsin Transportation Fund Short on Cash

Author: Bill G. Smith Date: June 18, 2014

Transportation Fund Short on Cash

According to Mark Gottlieb, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the state’s transportation system is currently faced with a funding crisis and is falling further behind every day.

Although the state spends more than a billion dollars a year on road construction and maintenance, the department has a funding gap of $600 million going into the next two-year budget cycle.

Secretary Gottlieb is traveling throughout the state conducting roundtables and seeking input for current and future funding of Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure.

The Department of Transportation provides funding for all modes of transportation including local roads and state highways, but also for railroads, public transit systems, airports, harbors, even bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

As vehicles improve mileage performance, and people drive less, motor fuel tax revenue, a major funding source, has declined and will continue to decline by as much as 20 percent over the next 10 years.

The Legislature hasn’t approved an increase in the gas tax since 1997, and indexing of the tax for automatic increases hasn’t occurred since 2006.

State Survey Ballot results show NFIB members are opposed to gas tax indexing and value based registration fees, but believe all revenue from the sales tax on vehicle purchases should be deposited in the transportation fund.

As a member of the Highway Users Coalition, NFIB will be actively participating in transportation issues that impact our state’s small business community.

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