Officials say fuel tax increase not off table
DES MOINES (AP) — With time running out in this legislative session, Gov. Terry Branstad still isn’t ruling out the possibility of increasing the state fuel tax, though lawmakers seem less optimistic.
“Nothing’s for sure until the Legislature goes home. I don’t think you should assume anything,” Branstad said this week when asked about the possibility of a fuel tax increase. “Once we get property tax relief concluded, that is something that could be considered.”
For years, legislators have debated raising Iowa’s fuel tax — currently 22 cents per gallon of gasoline, including fees — which has not gone up since 1989. A commission appointed by Branstad in 2011 recommended an increase of 8 to 10 cents a gallon to support the state network of bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient.
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