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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The people get it

The people understand- Why can't governor Doyle and the Democrats figure it out?

Four out of five Wisconsin residents polled think they -- and not oil companies -- would end up paying Gov. Jim Doyle's tax on oil companies through higher gasoline pump prices, a consulting firm said today.

A Wood Communications Group official, Kennan Wood, said his firm paid to survey 600 Wisconsin residents between May 29 and June 4 on whether they believe Doyle's promise that state officials can stop oil companies from passing on his tax on the gross receipts on oil companies to drivers.

Overall, 82% of those who responded said consumers would ultimately pay the tax, 14% said oil companies would pay it, and 4% weren't sure or didn't know, Wood said. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4%, Wood said. Men were more likely than women to predict that the tax would boost gas-pump prices, he added.

Groups opposing the gross receipts tax on oil companies insist that it would amount to a 5- to 7-cent increase in the gas tax, now 32.9-cents per gallon. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, it would raise $157.2 million a year to pay for highways and other transportation programs, although opponents are expected to immediately sue to block it.