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.’”)
Scott Walker’s own Transportation Commission (including former DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb) called him out for failing to follow his own transportation plan — “Keep Wisconsin Moving” – a road map for funding and fixing our roads and bridges.
If you can’t fix them, sell them? Walker transportation official discusses Wisconsin road sale to foreign company. Begs the question is Wisconsin for sale?
Governor Scott Walker’s former transportation secretary says the GOP governor isn’t telling the truth about road projects!
Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel recently reported, Mark Gottlieb, a Republican who was in the Assembly for eight years and served as Walker’s transportation secretary from 2011 to 2017 says Walker has been “increasingly inaccurate” when describing the state’s highway system.
Thomas Carlsen, former secretary of Wisconsin Department of Transportation weighs in on Wisconsin’s transportation crisis.
Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express reported on August 28 about Walker’s transportation policies. Shepherd Express Author, Dan Shaw wrote: “Many people have found themselves at odds in recent years with Scott Walker over his transportation policies; even some of his fellow Republicans have questioned his heavy reliance on borrowing to pay for construction and repair projects.”
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that total funding across all state transportation programs has fallen since Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011, despite statements Walker has made insisting he has made historic investments.
FOX6 Milwaukee’s political reporter, Theo Keith, Tweets about the Zoo Interchange project delays.
Photo Credit: Theo Keith