Iowa Insider: And it's not even barbecue season yet ...
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Insider
Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are calling a proposed tax
increase on propane a "backyard barbecue" tax. "This General Assembly
just keeps finding more ways to take money out of people's pockets,"
said Rep. Christopher Rants, R-Sioux City. He opposed the measure,
which was approved by the House Commerce Committee Thursday. The
proposal -- which would double the levy on a gallon of propane to
two-tenths of a cent -- would pay for energy efficiency efforts.
Democrats took the ribbing in stride. "A fire burns in my heart to tax
barbecues," joked Rep. McKinley Bailey, a Webster City Democrat who
supported the measure.