Road builders, contractors and their allies will gather in the Statehouse Rotunda under the banner “It’s Time for a Dime” on Wednesday in what will be the most public push for a gas tax increase to date.
For months, some of Iowa’s most moneyed and influential lobbies have pushed lawmakers to raise Iowa’s gasoline tax by 10 cents, or absent that, find another way to pay for an estimated $215 million annual backlog of “critical” infrastructure repairs identified by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
They include the Farm Bureau, the General Contractors Association, the Soybean Association, the Association of County Supervisors and the Chamber Alliance.
Iowans for Tax Relief, the Iowa branch of Americans for Prosperity and the Republican Party of Iowa have come out against a fuel tax increase, with the last one being particularly irksome for the Legislature’s Republican members.
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