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10-cent gas tax hike introduced in Iowa House and Senate

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DES MOINES (AP) -

A plan to increase the state fuel tax to pay for road improvements is moving forward in the state Legislature.

Lawmakers in the state House and Senate said Tuesday that identical legislation had been introduced in both chambers to hike the tax by 10 cents.

That would provide $215 million annually for the state's network of bridges and roads, many of which are in disrepair.

The hearing process is expected to start tomorrow in both chambers, with full votes coming perhaps later in the month.

Iowa's fuel tax -- now 22 cents per gallon for gasoline, including fees -- hasn't been raised since 1989.

Sen. Tod Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, and Rep. Josh Byrnes, a Republican from Osage, expressed optimism that the legislation could find support in both chambers.

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