Friday, March 14, 2008

Iowa Lawmakers Draft Road Plan that Will Raise Fees

DES MOINES (AP) -Iowa lawmakers have quietly drafted a highway funding plan that would nearly close a projected annual shortfall in needed road work.

The proposal will funnel $185 million a year into road construction and maintenance programs.

The plan will be financed by a complicated series of fee increases that would touch virtually everyone who registers a car, truck, recreational vehicle or trailer.

To ease the political fallout of a big fee increase in an election year, existing vehicles wouldn't be included.

The higher fees would kick in only when consumers begin to buy new vehicles next year.

Legislative leaders say they plan private meetings next week to go over the plan.
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