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Wisconsin Gas Tax for Highway Construction, Question 4 (April 1964)

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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.[1]

Election results

Question 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No889,36485.50%
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?"[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The referendum was placed on the ballot under: AJR 3 & JR 3 (1963 Special Session)[2]
  • 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][3][4]

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