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Gov. Branstad Says Fuel Tax Hike Still Possible

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- With time running out in this legislative session, Gov. Terry Branstad still isn't ruling out the possibility of increasing the state fuel tax, though lawmakers seem less optimistic. Branstad told reporters this week that if the Legislature approves proposed cuts to the commercial property tax, then a fuel tax increase "could be considered." For years, legislators have debated increasing Iowa's fuel tax -- currently 22 cents per gallon of gasoline, including fees -- but they haven't taken action. The tax has not gone up since 1989. A commission appointed by Branstad in 2011 recommended an increase of 8 to 10 cents to support the state network of bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient.

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