State legislators discuss toll roads as possible transportation funding method

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- This week, some GOP leaders are suggesting putting tolls in the state to help fund transportation needs.

The discussion came up as the Wisconsin Counties Association met in Madison Tuesday and Wednesday.

County officials in La Crosse say they have some concerns about putting tolls in.

Saying it could negatively affect businesses that ship outside the state, it would take years to generate a lot of money and it could put more strain on local roads.

"People are going to try and avoid toll roads, they always do. Where are they going to go? They're going to go onto smaller roads, which are county roads. So we already have $101 million in unmet road needs right now that we aren't able to keep up with on county roads and bridges," said La Crosse County Board Chair Tara Johnson.

During his campaign for Governor last year, Evers said transportation would be a major priority during his administration.

He is expected to deliver his first budget address as Governor sometime this month