Legislative budget writers are considering Governor Jim Doyle's proposed tax on oil company profits, and Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee aren't buying it. Berlin Republican, Sen. Luther Olson, fears the tax will be found unconstitutional. Republican Rep. Robin Vos said the tax will be passed on to Wisconsin consumers, to the tune of about $175 dollars per year for a family with two cars. And Representative Steve Kestel said there's no way the state can prevent the oil companies from doing that. "Nobody's buying the con job, that we're going after big oil," said Kestel. The governor's proposed tax on oil company profits is a key element in his budget, with the revenues slated for funding the state's transportation infrastructure.
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