The Wisconsin Gas Tax for Highway Construction was a Wisconsin referendum / advisory question on the April 7, 1964 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.
This referendum sought the people's approval to increase tax on gasoline to help fund highway construction.
| Question 4|
|Yes|| 150,769|| 14.50%|
Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1966
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
"Do you favor a 1¢ per gallon increase of the tax on gasoline and other motor fuels to pay the principal and interest on money to be borrowed by a new state building corporation to speed up the construction of Wisconsin state and interstate highways?"
Path to the ballot
- The referendum was placed on the ballot under: AJR 3 & JR 3 (1963 Special Session)
- The proposed tax increase was aimed at helping pay for "Project 66." Project 66 was a plan to build approximately 414 miles of interstate and 4-lane highway by the Democratic Governor John W. Reynolds, Jr. The plan was essentially blocked by a Republic legislature during the 1963 Special Session, and resulted in the Republican-back advisory question sent to the people. Those in favor of Project 66 felt the advisory question was "loaded" to draw 'no' votes.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Wisconsin Blue Book 1966, p.824
- ↑ Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012
- ↑ Samuel C. Reynolds, "Fee Boost, Bonds Asked for State Road Program," Wisconsin State Journal, May 22, 1963
- ↑ Samuel C. Reynolds, "Governor Is 'Crushed' by Project 66 Defeat," Wisconsin State Journal, December 14, 1963