By Tim Kowols
With a $1 billion shortfall expected for transportation funding, Wisconsin Senate District 1 candidates Andre Jacque and Caleb Frostman are up for any suggestions. Gas tax hikes, registration fee increases, and tolling have all been ideas floated by the Wisconsin Legislature over the years. Jacque, currently a Republican Assembly member for the state’s 2nd District, does not believe tolling is viable but says he supports a plan that could increase fees and taxes while eliminating the burden in other places.
Democratic candidate Frostman says all options have to be considered as his frustration builds with roads not conducive to tourism or manufacturing, which is a worry of area manufacturers with products that could be damaged in transit.
Neither candidate has explicitly taken a “no tax increase” pledge. You can listen to the entire interviews with both candidates ahead of their June 12 special election showdown online with this story.