Century of the Common Iowan: Raising the Gas Tax, What's it good for?
Excerpted from this post at Century of the Common Iowan
There is talk around Des Moines that the state of Iowa needs to raise taxes on gas because of a decline in revenue. Currently Iowa is 30th in the nation in gasoline taxes. ... So they are saying traffic leads to congestion, which leads to poor air quality, and building more roads will solve that. I don't think so. I would be for an increase in taxes on gasoline if that extra money went to public transportation. Increase the bus services in cities around Iowa or be brave and build a light rail from Des Moines to Ames or Cedar Rapids to Iowa City.