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Iowa construction group likely to seek higher gas tax

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Highway construction advocates say they likely will press the Iowa Legislature to raise the state's gasoline tax after more than two decades without an increase.

 

Scott Newhard, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Iowa, says his group probably will seek an increase in the gas tax, last raised in 1989. The group won't make a final decision until after the November elections.

Iowa's gasoline tax now averages 20 cents per gallon, with tax breaks factored in for ethanol-blended fuels.

Lawmakers last year considered a gas tax increase, but Gov. Chet Culver ended the discussion by promising to veto such a move.

The construction group also plans to join an effort to lobby Congress to approve more money for transportation spending.

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