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Wisconsin Governor: Raising Gas Tax Worth Considering

MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Jim Doyle said raising the gas tax by three cents a gallon is an idea worth considering, according to a report by area television station, despite the fact he previously promised not to increase the tax during his second term in office.

Doyle said he prefers to tax oil companies, instead of consumers, in order to fund road construction and deal with the $5 billion, two-year budget deficit, according to the report. Under his proposal, the oil companies would be prohibited from passing the tax onto consumers. However, convenience store retailers and others argue it wouldn’t survive a legal challenge.

Wisconsin's gas tax is already among the top 10 in the nation at nearly 33 cents a gallon, and the federal gas tax adds another 18.4 cents.

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