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Vos: Toll roads could help budget shortfall


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's assembly speaker-elect says he thinks toll roads should be an option to fix Wisconsin's transportation budget shortfall.

Republican Robin Vos says the gap could be anywhere from $4 to $6 billion over the next decade.

He says lawmakers are unlikely to approve a gas tax or a per-mile vehicle toll tax, so we need options to raise more revenue.

"We have borrowed to try to fill that hole for a long time and that has not gotten us to fix the problem. In fact, it's just made the problem even larger to deal with today," says Vos.

A representative from the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin, a group working for a more effective transportation network in the state, says funding to local governments could be cut and other construction projects set back if the shortfall isn't addressed.

He says the federal government has to lift some restrictions for toll roads to be a viable option in Wisconsin.

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