GAS TAX: Supporters Lobby Lawmakers

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Folks in favor of raising Iowa’s gas tax lobbied lawmakers at the capitol Wednesday.

The group supports current legislation to increase the tax by 10 cents. The extra money would be used to make repairs to roads and bridges across the state.

Proponents say better roads means a more vibrant economy and more businesses. “The county engineers care greatly about the system. I know all these engineers, we’ve gone to a lot of different colleges to learn the trade. To my knowledge none went to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s not going to happen through magic, it’s going to happen through money.” Tama County Engineer Lyle Brehm said.

A poll earlier this month found Iowans opposed raising the gas tax by a nearly two to one margin. Many said the high price of gas they are currently paying is the reason they oppose an increase.

The state hasn’t raised the tax since 1989.

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