(Des Moines) The State Senate Majority Leader has a bone to pick with the DOT’s list of suggestions to raise funds for road and bridge repair.
Council Bluffs Democrat Mike Gronstal says higher registration fees and use taxes would just increase the financial burden on local residents.
“Iowan’s pay more so out of state interests can pay less, that’s not a great approach,” said Gronstal.
Senator Gronstal says that’s the main reason he supports a hike in the fuel tax to raise money for “horizontal infrastructure”.
But, Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix says voters don’t seem receptive to a higher gas tax.
“To move to the point that it requires a tax increase now, Iowans are simply not telling us that they want us to do that,” stated Dix.
The 2014 Legislative session gets underway this coming Monday.
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