Walker: No plans for carpool toll lanes, budget will cut taxes

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says his executive budget won't contain any plans for carpool toll lanes.

The governor told reporters Thursday during a question-and-answer session following a speech at a Wisconsin Bankers Association luncheon that high-occupancy toll lanes might be an option in the future in congested areas as long as people wouldn't be forced to use them.

But he says the move would take federal approval and he won't include any provisions in the budget he's set to introduce next month.

Walker's administration is grappling with how to fund road projects as more efficient cars lead to dwindling gas tax revenue. He has ruled out raising that tax and creating full-fledged toll roads.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is promising his executive budget will cut income taxes.

Walker told reporters following a speech at a Wisconsin Bankers Association luncheon there will definitely be what he called significant income tax cut in the spending plan and he hopes to continue lowering the middle class' tax burden in the future as the economy expands.

He says he wants to keep what he termed a sustainable level of property taxes, however. He says he doesn't want to see either the income tax or property tax increase to offset cuts to the other.

He didn't offer any further details, saying people would see the specifics when he introduces his budget next month.


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