Governor Walker has a secret gas tax he’s not telling us about…millions of dollars a year that go to his corporate friends and NOT towards fixing our roads. Check out our new statewide radio ad.
Wisconsin has a law called Minimum Markup, which “mandates that gasoline and other certain products be marked up at least 9.18 percent above the wholesale cost.”1 For gas, studies and commentators estimate the cost impact is $0.10-$0.32 a gallon, or an average around $0.20.2 And this “tax” doesn’t go to the public coffers. As Rep. Dale Kooyenga explained, it goes into the pockets of private business:3 big businesses that have been long-time supporters of Governor Walker.4 Governor Walker has refused to repeal the Minimum Markup Law in order to increase transportation revenue.5 Fix our roads Governor!
2 https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/08/23/wisconsin-law-raises-gas-prices-lawsuit-claims/89204498/; http://www.bradleyfdn.org/On-Lion-Letter/ID/322/Wisconsin39s-minimum-markup-law-costs-motorists-302-cents-per-gallon-according-to-WPRI-report; https://www.badgerinstitute.org/BI-Files/Special-Reports/Reports-Documents/painatthepumpjuly2008.pdf.
3 https://rightwisconsin.com/2017/11/27/kooyenga-to-republicans-minimum-markup-law-is-anti-free-market (“‘At least a tax goes to your school or roads. This is a tax that goes to a private business,” Kooyenga said.’”)
Milwaukee received $5,000 from Dominoes to go toward fixing potholes. The $5,000 from Domino’s Pizza Paving For Pizza program can fill 200 potholes in Milwaukee!