- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he doesn’t believe Republicans who control the Senate will vote for a gas tax increase to help pay for roads projects.

Fitzgerald said Monday he doesn’t think the votes are there for the gas tax hike as proposed by the state Department of Transportation. Raising gas taxes was part of a $751 million package of tax and fee increases proposed by the department to plug a shortfall.

Gov. Scott Walker has not said what he would support.

But Fitzgerald says he thinks the transportation issue is the biggest question mark in the budget, which faces a $2.2 billion shortfall.

Fitzgerald says he thinks a school accountability bill will be the first one tackled by the Senate this session.

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