Gas Taxes on the Rise in Wisconsin?

December 5, 2005

Lawmakers in Wisconsin will soon decide if the scheduled annual increase in the state’s gasoline tax should automatically be adopted. According to WSAW News in Wausau:

Our state’s annual gas tax increase could be getting the nix Tuesday (December 6, 2005) when the senate votes on a proposal. The taxes are designed to keep the gas tax on pace with inflation. But State Senator Tom Reynolds (R-West Allis), wants to eliminate them in April 2007. Our gas tax of 29.9 cents a gallon is one of the highest in the nation, and would be 31.3 cents a gallon by 2007. [Full Story]

As stated, Gasoline taxes in Wisconsin are already some of the highest in the nation. According to Tax Foundation research, when you combine the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon with state and local gas taxes, the average motorist in Wisconsin pays 51.3 cents per gallon – 8th highest nationally. Before lawmakers give their approval to “pump up” the state’s gas tax, it would be judicious to consider the economic burden of artificially increasing energy costs.


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