The Latest: Democrats call possible roads plan laughable

The Latest on a possible road-funding plan from Assembly Republicans (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Democrats in the state Assembly say a possible Republican funding plan for Wisconsin roads is laughable and going nowhere.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that the GOP plan may include imposing the sales tax on gasoline, cutting income taxes and a wide array of other tax changes.

Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca calls the potential plan a “non-starter.” He predicts Gov. Scott Walker won’t support it.

Walker said earlier Tuesday he had not seen a final version of the plan. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says some of the ideas may be a “heavy lift” in the Senate, but he’s withholding comment until it’s officially released.

Democratic Rep. Gordon Hintz says the plan appears to be overly complex and would jeopardize funding for other areas like K-12 schools.


1:40 p.m.

An Assembly Republican alternative to Gov. Scott Walker’s funding plan for roads may include a new sales tax on gasoline along with cuts to income taxes.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported details of the plan Tuesday that’s being discussed privately among top Assembly Republicans. State Rep. Dale Kooyenga has been working on the plan and was expected to release it publicly as soon as Thursday.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he didn’t want to comment on the plan until it’s officially released because what’s in it could change. But Fitzgerald says Senate Republicans are focused on their own funding plan that would tap more money from the state’s main account to pay for roads.

Walker has said he would veto any gas tax increase.