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This just in: Highways, roads not self-supporting; taxpayers pay billions

We suggested earlier that highways must not require any tax support, since Scott Walker supports highways but wants to reject $823-million for rail (and about 5,000 jobs that go with it) because it might require some operating subsidy.

Well, we were wrong.

It turns out that Wisconsin roads actually do get a little money from taxpayers - and not just state taxes, either. Not by a long shot.

This analysis, based on Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) data, shows that Wisconsinites are shelling out nearly $1.5 billion a year in property taxes, sales taxes, and income taxes to pay for the existing road system--over 40% of the entire cost of the combined local/state road system.

That ain't hay. But I digress. Hay is for horses, which has nothing to do with this issue.

 

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February 12, 2010 - 6:07pm

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