Focus Newsletter As transportation finance problem languishes, ironies emerge

March 13, 2017  •  Vol. 2017 No. 5
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  • Summary
  • Wisconsin's transportation finance problem is well-known. As it continues unsolved, ironies surrounding the debate emerge. Income and sales tax collections rise almost automatically, fueling general fund spending growth, while the stagnant gas tax leaves the transportation fund cash-poor. The fund's accumulating debt costs and ever-present "jobs" rhetoric from state politicians suggest other ironies.

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