Senate leader says truck fee likely dead


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Senate's top Republican is acknowledging a proposal to impose a fee on heavy trucks to help pay for road projects is all but dead.

Assembly and Senate Republicans have been at loggerheads over how to fill a $1 billion shortfall in transportation funding. They have been considering imposing a new fee on heavy trucks to generate more revenue through the 2017-19 state budget.

But five GOP senators have come out against the idea. Republicans control the Senate 20-13, which means they can't lose more than three votes if they hope to pass the budget.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's spokeswoman, Myranda Tanck, said Fitzgerald believes after the five senators voiced their opposition it would be "very difficult" to get a budget that includes the truck fee through the Senate.

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