Wisconsin Editorial: Toll roads a terrible idea for state

As a conservative Republican, I have stood by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and the party through quite a bit. I read about questionable acts in this very newspaper.

The state Legislature’s top Republicans are promising they won’t quarrel among themselves again over transportation funding during state budget deliberations and advocated for toll roads as a means of generating enough money to fix deteriorating roads.

I have done what I could to ignore much of what has gone on. But the talk of putting tolls in Wisconsin is the single worst idea I’ve heard. Tollways make the Spanish train idea look intelligent.

Yes, the state has a transportation budget shortfall. Now these guys are telling us the best way to raise money is to invest millions of dollars in toll booths, transponders, enforcement, bureaucracy and people.

Sen. Fitzgerald said, “Even with a 10-cent gas tax increase, that’s not going to get it done.”