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Iowa lawmakers map out gas tax proposal

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Lawmakers say they hope to introduce a bill to increase Iowa's fuel tax as early as next week.

Sen. Tod Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, and Rep. Joshua Byrnes, a Republican from Osage, said Wednesday they are working on legislation that would increase the tax, potentially by 10 cents a gallon. That would provide $215 million annually for the state's network of bridges and roads, many of which are in disrepair.

Iowa's fuel tax is currently 22 cents a gallon, including fees. It hasn't been raised since 1989. The lawmakers said they are working on ways to maintain the funding in future years.

Gov. Terry Branstad has said he wants to increase funding for roads this year, though he has not endorsed a specific plan.

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