Iowa lawmakers say they won't drop fuel tax plan

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Posted: Jan 30, 2012 3:45 PM
Iowa lawmakers say they won't drop fuel tax plan

Lawmakers seeking an increase in Iowa's fuel tax say they are pursuing their effort despite opposition by Gov. Terry Branstad.

Gowrie Republican Rep. Dave Tjepkes says Monday he'll continue to back an increase until legislative leaders tell him to stop. Oskaloosa Democratic Sen. Tom Rielly says he's taking the same approach.

The two head transportation committees in the House and Senate. They have called for an 8- to 10-cent fuel tax increase to pay for $215 million in road and bridge work

Branstad on Monday repeated his opposition to increasing the tax. He has called for $50 million in transportation department savings before approval of a fuel tax increase.

Tjepkes and Rielly say they are skeptical about transportation department cuts offered by agency officials.