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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blog for Iowa: Transportation alert

Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa

Two identical bills in the House and Senate would increase
transportation revenue, such as vehicle registration and license fees,
and are likely to be voted on by the full legislature any day now. The
new money would be up to $126 million dollars more each year for
roads, in addition to the one BILLION of state funding that already
goes to roads. These bills just received new numbers - House File 2691
and Senate File 2420. Ask your legislators to vote no because: 1.
There is no fix-it-first policy to assure us that maintenance will
come first, and in this legislation, the new money could be wasted on
expensive new roads. 2. Public transit does not receive additional,
annual funding with the new money. Additional, reliable state funding
for transit would help us avoid high gas prices and reduce our carbon


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