Iowa Lawmakers Won't Drop Fuel Tax Plan

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Iowa lawmakers seeking an increase in state fuel tax say they are pursuing their effort despite opposition by Gov. Terry Branstad.

Republican Rep. Dave Tjepkes said he'll continue to back an increase until legislative leaders tell him to stop.

Democratic Sen. Tom Rielly says he's taking the same approach.

The two head transportation committees in the House and Senate.

They called for an eight to ten cent fuel tax increase to pay for
$215 million in road and bridge work.

Branstad repeated his opposition to increasing the tax. He has called for $50 million in transportation department savings before approval of a fuel tax increase.

Tjepkes and Rielly say they are skeptical about transportation department cuts offered by agency officials.

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