Branstad Pushing for Gas Tax and Vehicle Fee Increases

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad was back to talking about raising the gas tax Monday, along with other vehicle fees in order to raise money to fix Iowa’s roads and bridges.

Branstad is pitching what he calls a hybrid plan.

The first step would be increasing the tax on each gallon of fuel sold in Iowa.

He also wants to charge higher fees on fuel efficient vehicles. Those vehicles use less fuel, so drivers pay less in taxes, even though their vehicles cause as much road wear as other vehicles.

The governor says he will lead the discussion in the legislature to change the law but it’s up to lawmakers to come up with the details.

“I’m not going to dictate what those elements should be. I want it to be a bipartisan consensus and get input from all four caucuses in the legislature. I think that’s the best way to try to get something done,” says Branstad.


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