Economic Scorecard analysis: For more affluent drivers, rough roads might smooth path to approve tolls, taxes

By Kay Nolan,  July 14, 2015

Kay Nolan is a contributing writer for This article ran in the July 14, 2015 issue.

Support for introducing toll roads in Wisconsin — a traditionally unpopular notion — has risen somewhat since last year.

And that might be partly because Wisconsin’s middle- and upper-middle class are fed up with road construction delays and deteriorating roads, say experts
analyzing the results of the latest Wisconsin Economic Scorecard poll.

Respondents with household incomes of $60,000 or higher are more amenable than households earning less than $60,000 to raising gas taxes and vehicle fees and to paying tolls, according to poll results. But they have become notably less interested than the lower-income group in putting off spending on road
construction projects.