Had proponents of the gas-tax increase listed these uses of the money generated, it is highly unlikely the bill would have passed the Iowa General Assembly.
The Iowa Legislature passed an increase in Iowa’s gas tax which includes a 10 cent increase for the excise tax on motor fuel that increased the tax by 40%.
Speaker of the Iowa House Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) has much to explain to his caucus and Iowans for actions he took to push a gas tax increase on Iowans.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said that the timing is right for a gas tax hike while legislators consider transportation infrastructure funding options.
Brad Zaun: I have filed a bill which would take 4 percent (estimated at $280 million) annually from the general revenue stream for the Road Use Tax Fund.
State Senator Amy Sinclair (R-Allerton) discusses news about a potential gas tax increase and a bill that would reclassify marijuana.
Another week has passed in the Iowa Legislature and Iowans have yet to see the much-anticipated 10-cents motor fuel tax increase bill.
The Madison County Republican Party Central Committee voted unanimously on a resolution calling for an alternative to raising the gas tax in Iowa.
Drew Klein: Iowa doesn’t need to raise the gas tax to pay for transportation infrastructure repair. It’s priority which should come out of existing revenue.
Ann Trimble-Ray: We have an obligation as citizens to invest in the infrastructure which supports and drives our economy to do so we must raise more revenue.
State Senator Amy Sinclair (R-Allerton) provides a snapshot of week one in the Iowa Senate and the priorities she will be working on for her constituents.