Wisconsin Gas Tax for Highway Construction, Question 4 (April 1964)
This referendum sought the people's approval to increase tax on gasoline to help fund highway construction.
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.
- The Wisconsin Blue Book 1966
- "Facsimile Ballot Notice of Judicial, Delegate and Referenda Election," Wisconsin State Journal, April 6, 1964
- Opposition newspaper attack ad: "Had Enough? Vote "No" To A Higher Gas Tax"
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