- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on the debate over Wisconsin road funding (all times local):

11:59 a.m.

Gov. Scott Walker says voters will be surprised if Republicans who control the state Assembly propose raising taxes to for Wisconsin roads.

Walker on Monday said Republicans were put into power in 2010 on the promise to lower taxes and “we cannot now, after six years in charge, turn our backs on the people who placed their trust in us.”

Walker is reiterating that he plans to keep his promise not to raise taxes without a corresponding decrease someplace else.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other Assembly GOP leaders have said tax increases should be considered to help plug a nearly $1 billion transportation budget shortfall. They are working on their own plan. Walker says they should make that plan public “so the people understand exactly how much it would cost them.”

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10:30 a.m.

The division among Republicans in the state Legislature over what to do about the state’s roads is showing.

Two GOP senators on Monday spoke out against raising the gas tax, saying they will never support such a plan. Sens. Duey Stroebel and Chris Kapenga say there are other ways to save money to help plug a nearly $1 billion transportation budget hole.

Top Assembly Republicans support raising the gas tax as part of the solution.

Also on Monday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos released a video showing him riding in the back of an ambulance as it bounces along roads in Racine County.

An Assembly committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on the state Department of Transportation’s budget request that relies on more borrowing instead of raising taxes.

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10 a.m.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says his bumpy ride on a stretcher in the back of an ambulance helps show that maintaining good roads can be a matter of life and death.

Vos released a video Monday showing his ride through the streets of Racine County in a Burlington Rescue Squad ambulance. His cousin works for the ambulance squad and invited him on the ride.

The release of the video comes a day before an Assembly committee was to hold a hearing on the state Department of Transportation budget request. Lawmakers are debating how to plug a nearly $1 billion budget hole.

Vos is among some Republicans who support a gas tax increase as part of the solution. Other Republicans are speaking out against it.

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8:26 a.m.

Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos takes a ride in the back of an ambulance in a video to make the case for why more money needs to be spent on roads.

Vos released a preview of a video that was to come out Monday showing him bouncing along while lying down in a stretcher in the back of Burlington Rescue Squad ambulance. The video comes the day before an Assembly committee is to hold a public hearing on how to fix the state’s $1 billion transportation budget shortfall.

Vos is among a group of Assembly Republican leaders arguing that increasing the gas tax should be considered along with other options, like toll roads and higher vehicle registration fees.

Republicans opposed to the gas tax planned a Monday news conference.


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