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Higher taxes urged for roads
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By Scott Bauer Associated Press MADISON - Wisconsin cities, towns and counties joined together Wednesday to encourage that everything - from a new personal property tax on vehicles to regional cooperatives that would share resources - should be considered to help pay for local roads' needs. A report commissioned by the Local Government Institute, a coalition of groups representing local governments, detailed how funding has decreased for roads over the past decade, and offered ideas on how to address the problem. The report comes as the state Department of Transportation is calling for raising the gas tax and imposing a new registration fee on hybrid and electric vehicles as part of a $751 million package of tax and fee increases.