Gov. Walker considers replacing gas tax with sales tax on the purchase of gas

MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he is considering proposing replacing Wisconsin's gas tax with a sales tax on the purchase of gas.

Walker threw out the idea during a meeting with the Wisconsin State Journal editorial board on Monday. The State Journal reports Tuesday that he offered few details of the idea.

But Walker says the idea is to stabilize long-term transportation funding in the state, but he also said he viewed the change as not resulting in an overall increase in the tax burden.

The comments come with the election just three weeks away. Walker faces Democrat Mary Burke.

Neither candidate has offered specific plans for how they would deal with a looming $680 million shortfall in the state's transportation budget.