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Commission: Higher gas tax, license and mileage fees recommendedd

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A higher gas tax, higher license and registration fees, and a first-of-its-kind fee according to how many miles you drive.

That’s what a special commission recommended Friday, to come up with $6 billion it says will be needed over the next decade just to maintain the quality of the roads we now have.

Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature created the study commission, to advise them on the best ways to pay for Wisconsin’s transportation needs.

The pay-as-you-drive fee was first floated a few months ago – and incoming GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos recently sold people are generally not ready to accept the concept yet.

What the commission recommended was a fee of 1.02 cents for every mile a vehicle drives between 3,000 and 20,000 per year. The motorist who drives 12,000 miles a year would pay an extra $108 on the top of the gas tax, which the commission says should go up by 5 percent.

It also recommends a $20 increase in the fee for a new or renewed driver’s license – plus higher annual registration fees for commercial vehicles. 

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