Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson urges bipartisan support to raise the state’s gas tax

During his lengthy tenure as Wisconsin governor, Tommy Thompson made it clear that he liked to build stuff.

Buildings, bridges and roads. Especially roads.

“I like to build things — you better believe it,” Thompson said during a Wednesday talk at the Milwaukee Press Club.

Now Thompson is trying to persuade the incoming governor and lawmakers to follow his legacy.

The former four-term Republican governor called on Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers to work with the Republican leaders of the Legislature to jointly push through a significant “revenue enhancement” to pay for improved roads.

“They should sit down and reach a compromise,” Thompson said. “Let’s face it — gas taxes have not been raised for a long time.”