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DOT Secretary Gottlieb: Higher gas taxes more likely than toll roads

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The head of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation(DOT) says increasing gas taxes and registration fees are better options for Wisconsin than toll roads.

DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb told the Wisconsin State Journal he's looking for long-term solutions to a projected $680 million budget deficit by 2017.

A transportation commission suggests fixing the projected $15.3 billion deficit over the next decade in part by raising gas taxes and registration fees.

The National Highway Trust Fund is expected to dry up later this year and Congress is considering allowing states to toll interstates to help bridge an expected nationwide transportation budget squeeze.

Secretary Gottlieb says allowing states to toll roadways isn't immediate enough. He says it requires an act of Congress and other options could be put in place more quickly.

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