In the spring of 2015, the Iowa Legislature increased the state-wide gas tax by 10 cents per galloon. This was -- and is -- a large tax increase; one which I supported.
I supported it because the state legislature had created a problem of inadequate funding and we needed to fill the gap. However, the legislation passed is built to ensure we have to have a large tax increase again in the future as this was a one-time tax increase. The ideal solution would have been to tie the gas tax to the rate of inflation to ensure we always have adequate funding and predictable taxes on a very important piece of our daily lives.
The good news is, however, is that the tax increase is working.
According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there are 24,140 bridges throughout the state, of which:
- Good Condition: 11,251
- Fair Condition: 10,818
- Poor Condition: 2,071
In our district, there are 146 bridges, of which:
- Good Condition: 86
- Fair Condition: 53
- Poor Condition: 7 (6 are county owned)
The integrity of our transportation systems is vital to nearly all areas of Iowa's economy; not to mention access to healthcare and education; and our campaign is committed to ensuring access to quality roads.