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.


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.