Wisconsin's Automatic Gas Tax Hike Repealed

Governor Jim Doyle has signed legislation repealing Wisconsin's automatic, annual increase in the gas tax.

The measure ends the increase that kicks in automatically each year to keep pace with inflation. Doyle says it's inappropriate to let taxes go up each year without a vote.

The legislation also speeds up by one month to April first a planned one-cent cut in the part of the tax that helps cover environmental cleanup costs.

The gas tax has been in place for 20 years. Already one of the highest in the country, Wisconsin's gas tax is expected to go up another .08 cents on April 1st. This bill eliminates indexing after that increase, instead requiring a vote if legislators want to increase the tax.

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