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Lawmakers oppose the gas tax in Iowa

SALIX, Iowa (KTIV) - There's been a proposal to increase the gas tax in Iowa by 10 cents over a two year period. The extra money the state would receive from the tax would be put towards updating roads and bridges.

The gas tax hasn't been altered in 25 years; but, if this were to become law, it would affect all vehicles traveling through the state of Iowa.

The bill hasn't hit the House or Senator floor yet, and some lawmakers believe it'll stay that way.

"I don't know if that bill can pass," said Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson. "It may pass out of the committees, but as far as getting the votes on the floor, from my discussions with my colleagues at least in the Republican caucus, there isn't an appetite now to increase any tax, the gas tax being included."

Senator Anderson said he does think lawmakers are open to other alternatives.

One of those alternatives would take $100 million to help fund roads and bridges. The Iowa Senator said it doesn't fix all the problems, but it would help lawmakers get a good start on funding the state's infrastructure needs.

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