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Dems say Branstad looking at toll roads, his office disagrees

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Iowa Democrats say that Gov. Terry Branstad has hinted at putting toll roads in Iowa.  Branstad's office says that's not the case.

According to a press release from Sam Roecker, Communications Director for the Iowa Democratic Party, while answering a question about transportation during Friday's "Ask the Gov" video segment, Branstad said, "We're gonna be looking at user fees, paid for by people who use the highways, whether they're residents of Iowa or not...on a pay as you go basis."

Tim Albrecht, Gov. Branstad's Communications Director, disagrees.  "If you actually watch this video, there is zero mention of tolls," Albrecht said in a written statement.  "The governor spoke to the fact that the user fee on each gallon of gasoline paid by vehicles from both inside and outside of the state is used for our vital infrastructure needs."

"Governor Branstad is proposing another unnecessary burden on middle class families," said Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky in a written statement. "With increasing state revenues and a budget surplus, it's unconscionable that Governor Branstad is looking for ways to increase the burden on Iowans by proposing a toll road"

Democrats say that since Branstad took office, he has increased the burden on the middle class by dismantling a successful preschool program and demanding zero percent allowable growth for schools, triggering a $70 million in property tax hike. They say he also vetoed a tax break that would have benefited 240,000 Iowans.

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