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Gov. Branstad says road funding is a top priority

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gov. Terry Branstad says providing more funding to fix Iowa's crumbling roads is a top priority and that he is keeping an open mind to all options, including raising the state's fuel tax.

Branstad said in an interview Thursday that he wants to get input from lawmakers in advance of the next legislative session, with hopes of reaching bipartisan consensus. Branstad did not back any specific plan. The Legislature has failed to find compromise on this issue in recent years.

The Republican governor, who just won re-election to a sixth non-consecutive term, said the timing was good to start this conversation because gas prices have "dropped significantly." But Branstad stressed he would like to find a new funding approach that is "not just the old gas tax."

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