Walker talks toll roads, tax cuts, mining at WMC

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he's reluctant to implement toll roads to help pay for the state's transportation projects but he's not ruling them out as he crafts the next state budget.

Walker told reporters after speaking at the 2nd Annual Governor's Freight Industry Summit on Wednesday he doesn't want to burden state residents who need to travel short distances, but tolls might be feasible if they have a larger impact on out-of-state drivers.

The governor reiterated his opposition to raising the gas tax following a speech at a Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce meeting earlier Wednesday morning.

Walker has said he wants to find ways to keep the Zoo Interchange and Interstate 39 expansion projects on schedule without delaying others.

The governor is expected to release his budget plan in February.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he's still trying to determine whether an income tax cut or a property tax cut, or some combination of the two, is the best way to return money to taxpayers.

Walker made the comments Wednesday during a speech before Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the statewide chamber of commerce.

Walker has been saying that he's mulling some sort of tax cut in his next budget to be released in February. Walker told WMC members that the only question he has is where is the best place to cut taxes to help the middle class.

Walker is touring the state seeking feedback and he also asked WMC members to let him know their thoughts.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he is confident that mining company Gogebic Taconite will return to Wisconsin if the Legislature passes a bill making it easier for them to open an iron ore mine.

Walker made his comments Wednesday after a speech at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which has advocated for passage of a mining bill.

The Legislature could not reach agreement on a mining bill last year. Walker drew applause at his speech when he mentioned the need to pass a bill, saying it would bring thousands of jobs to northern Wisconsin where the mine would be located.

Florida-based Gogebic said it was giving up on the mine after the bill failed. But Walker says he thinks it would come back if a bill similar to last year's passes.


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