The Lie: Rebecca Kleefisch and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce claim Gov. Evers tried to raise taxes at the pump.
The Truth: Republicans are taking Gov. Evers’ proposals out of context because they haven’t got a leg to stand on when it comes to lowering costs for Wisconsinites. The truth is Gov. Tony Evers has been fighting to lower costs for Wisconsinites at the pump, starting with calling on President Biden and Congress to suspend the federal gas tax and repealing the state’s minimum markup law on gas.
Earlier this year, Gov. Evers joined governors across the country in urging Congress to pass the Gas Tax Relief Act, which would suspend the federal gas tax, saving consumers up to 18.4 cents per gallon.
This isn’t the only action Gov. Evers has tried to take. In 2019, he also proposed repealing the minimum markup law, a hidden tax that’s passed onto consumers at the pump. x. Wisconsin’s minimum markup law costs consumers an extra 9% at the pump [Associated Press, 8/23/16].
Data from U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates based on total markup, if Gov. Evers’ plan was adopted, consumers would have saved money on gas.
Republicans rejected Gov. Evers’ proposal, despite studies showing repealing this law would have resulted in lower costs for Wisconsinites. Repealing the minimum markup on fuel has been heralded as a cost-saving measure for consumers by stakeholders on both sides of the aisle.
PolitiFact Wisconsin has called out WMC for taking Gov. Evers’ proposal out of context, saying “The inclusion of the elimination of the minimum markup law for gasoline in the plan undermines the idea that Evers was trying to make consumers pay more.” [PolitiFact, 4/1/22]
Not only are Republicans lying about Gov. Evers’ proposal to lower the cost of gas, they’re also lying to consumers about their own agenda. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce — the GOP dark money group running ads against Gov. Evers — supported raising the gas tax in their 2021-22 legislative agenda. WMC’s proposal did not include any measures to offset this increase — meaning under their plan, consumers would have had to pay more at the pump. [Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce 2021-2022 Legislative Agenda]