Walker Downplays Thoughts of Gas Tax, Toll roads

By: AP
By: AP

WISCONSIN (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is downplaying the possibility of a gas tax increase or the use of toll roads to pay for transportation projects in Wisconsin.

Walker on Monday was asked about the state Department of Transportation's budget request that calls for delaying work on Milwaukee's Zoo Interchange and numerous other projects around the state.

Walker says a better way needs to be found to pay for transportation projects other than toll roads, which he says he is "not excited or thrilled" with. Walker also reiterated his opposition to a gas tax increase.

Walker says he is inclined to keep the Zoo and I-39 projects on schedule without delaying other projects.

Walker will unveil his plan for transportation spending as part of his state budget introduced to the Legislature in February.

Governor Scott Walker says he hasn't decided whether to expand Medicaid services as part of the federal health care overhaul. He made the comment yesterday in an interview with The Associated Press. The expansion is set to take effect in 2014 unless states opt out.


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