There are several unresolved issues in this year’s legislative session, among them a fuel tax increase proposal. Representative Pat Grassley chairs the House Ag Committee. He says the issue seems to boil down to “urban vs rural”. He says a statewide plan would seem to better address the varying needs.
“I have always said all along we need to be very methodical and slow about thinking about this just because we have a coalition of folks down at the statehouse, interest groups that support it,” said Grassley. “At the end of the day we each represent 30,000 Iowans and do our constituents want it?”
Counties and the Ag industry, including the Iowa Farm Bureau has come out in support of raising the fuel tax, citing a need for more revenue to help fix roads and bridges. Grassley says another concern that has been raised is if a measure to raise the tax would then address counties’ ability to issue bonds for future road projects.
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