The top Republican in the Iowa House says lawmakers won't increase the fuel tax this year despite persistent talk about such a move.
Speaking Friday on the Iowa Public Television program, "Iowa Press," House Speaker Kraig Paulsen noted that some lawmakers and groups have pushed hard for a fuel tax increase to pay for road and bridge work.
But Paulsen, of Hiawatha, says it's clear voters don't support an increase, given recent increases in the price of gasoline. Paulsen says many voters also are skeptical that the government would actually use the extra money to improve Iowa's roads.
Iowa last raised its gas tax in 1989.