After months of work and hearings, a legislative committee on transportation funding has finished its work. The so-called "Road to the Future" Commitee did not come up with any specific recommendations on how to finance the state's highway needs. "The cochairs of the committee decided not to do that," said Schofield Democrat, Senator Russ Decker. "They made some recommendations and suggestions, but nothing really solid.
Committee co-chair Mark Gottlieb says the panel considered several options, including an increase in the gas tax. However, "I personally don't believe that comtinuing to raise the gas tax is a viable solution longterm for transportation finance," said Gottlieb. The Port Washington Republican said legislators may consider taking a portion of the sales tax on new cars and vehicle repairs and use it to plug a hole in the Transportation Fund.