(Des Moines) There are some rumblings that Iowa lawmakers will take action again this session to raise the state’s fuel tax.
Currently, Iowa’s fuel tax is 22-cents per gallon of gasoline including all fees. It hasn’t been raised since 1989. A Governor appointed commission in 2011 recommended an increase of 8-to10-cents to boost funding for the state’s substantial network of bridges and roads.
Proposals to raise the tax have come up repeatedly, and an effort to increase it by 10-cents failed in the Legislature last year. However, Osage Republican Joshua Brynes says he thinks similar legislation would have a better chance of passing this time around.
With the federal tax included; the total tax that driver’s pay at Iowa’s pumps is about 40-cents a gallon for regular gas and slightly more for diesel. Branstad has said he will consider a fuel tax increase if state lawmakers approve property tax reductions and the overall tax burden for Iowans drops.
February 25, 2013