governor has confirmed a longstanding political compact in the
state recently when he made it clear that the state would not
– “as long as I am governor” – have toll roads, The Journal
subject came up recently when the state’s transportation secretary,
Frank Busalacchi, suggested that toll roads might be the answer
to the state’s road-funding woes.
kind of suggested. Actually, the newspaper reported, he said the
possibility of tolls "shouldn't automatically be discarded."
comments were related to a report that suggested a toll system
help pay for the $810 million Marquette Interchange project in
Milwaukee. The tolls, according to a Wisconsin Policy Research
Institute study, should range from $2 per car to $10 for a truck.
to The Journal Times, Gov. James Doyle said: "As long
as I am governor, we will not have toll roads in Wisconsin. Like
most motorists, when I drive up from Illinois, I am relieved to
hit the Wisconsin border and not have to pay any more tolls."