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      Groups ask Iowa Governor for tax increase



      Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

      says that he would consider a increase in state taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel but only under certain conditions.


      The

      Associated General Contractors of Iowa

      have teamed up the

      Iowa Farm Bureau

      and the

      Iowa Bankers Association

      in an effort to push state legislators to support a 10 cent increase in state taxes.


      The money would be used to help cover a $215 million shortfall in annual funding for improvements and maintenance on Iowa's roadways.


      A spokesman for the governor says that he would consider a tax, but only if it is part of a overall tax reform package that would reduce taxes for all Iowans.

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