A new poll shows many Wisconsinites think they'll be the ones paying for a proposed tax on Big Oil.
The survey released by the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association asked 600 people if they believe the Governor's proposed Oil Franchise Tax will actually impact gas prices. That's despite claims that the state budget provision will prevent oil companies from passing on the cost of profit tax to consumers.
Association President Matt Hauser says nearly 60-percent of those responding to the poll also oppose the provision.
Hauser admits the state needs to take action to help improve Wisconsin roads. However, he says a hidden tax is not the solution. Rather, he says the state should look at alternative funding mechanisms, even including an increase in the gasoline tax.
The poll was conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates. It has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.