WI DoT Proposes Fee on Electric Cars to Fund Road-Building, Industry Contributed Nearly $1M to Walker, Legislators

Product Design & Development (AP): “The $50 annual charge, which would raise about $4 million a year, is part of $751 million in new taxes and fees proposed Friday by Walker’s Department of Transportation to pay for road projects. Walker hasn’t commented specifically on the proposal, which he can alter before releasing his state budget early next year. The budget then goes to the Legislature for consideration.”

“The road building lobby is one of the most powerful in the Legislature.

“Walker received nearly $731,000 in campaign contributions from road builders between 2011 and July 28, according to a tally by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Members of the current Legislature accepted nearly $300,000 from road builders over the same period.”

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