President Trump has started the conversation of rebuilding our infrastructure, which includes roads. Let’s look at some of the gas-tax history. Federal fuel taxes have not been changed since 1993. The gas tax was pegged at 18.4 cents per gallon and diesel at 24.4 cents. Prior to the freezing of the fuel tax, the mass transit fund was created in 1982 and about 40 percent of the dollars are dedicated to that purpose. To my knowledge, this is not changing.
How does the Wisconsin state gas tax compare? As of January 2017, we were 17th with a tax of 32.9 per gallon. No. 1 was Pennsylvania at 58.2 and 50th is Alaska at 12.25.
Congress hasn’t done anything since 1993. However, in the news there is a push to increase the federal gas tax. Two questions arise: The first is how much and when? The second, would the allocation of the funds be left alone or adjusted?
If we want better roads, I think we are probably going to have to pay. From my reading around the internet, it seems that one way for states to generate road dollars is to go the toll-road route on the Interstate highways. Do I like this? No. However, it seems to me that making our current Interstate into toll roads is a viable alternative since we have been responsible for maintaining them from the start.