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nraacct

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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:32:57 AM

Raising motor fuel taxes is not the only means of funding Iowa’s critical transportation needs, but the alternatives – bonding, tolling and sales taxes, for example – come with their own shortcomings, the state’s transportation chief told lawmakers Jan. 28.
Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III didn’t rule out pursuing some combination of motor fuel taxes and alternative funding sources.


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sjf238
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:15:16 AM

Here comes $4.00 gas.
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remay
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:10:25 AM

Better get used to new and exciting ways to get the funding!
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coughlin
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 3:28:14 PM

Gas taxes (user taxes) are the fairest.
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ErnieK9LO
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:02:27 PM

Get the chain gangs out there.
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:49:46 AM

So, what you're saying is that the Iowa State Government didn't plan for, budget for, road maintenance before now and now that they're running into potholes, they have to figure out a way to fix them and pay for it?? Amazing.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:28:21 AM

use tax money for what its collected for, problem solved
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hmw10284
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:26:30 AM

if you are going for alternative funding a sales tax would be the most equitable since all those good travel on the roads
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dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:25:39 AM

Many governments are talking on this issue. Gas usage has decreased at other times in our history, so what makes this tax base discussion so important now...? Are vehicles fueled by alternative energy sources really making that much of a dent?
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:24:31 AM

The could fill the pot holes with BS
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cdrrod
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:19:54 AM

May be true, but ultimately taxpayers still pay it one way or another...
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skempton
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:52:52 AM

Will have to find funds somewhere.
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TripleHs
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:46:50 AM

gas tax is not effective anymore and also less fair those days
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Norm10
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:46:49 AM

Gas taxes will never make the rich people who can afford electric cars pay their fair share.
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1970vette
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:43:24 AM

wait till you buy an electric car and see what taxes you pay
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bluetruck54
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:41:05 AM

Nicoalbum: actual the state has a surplus (yes, that is correct) but
the state, like every other state, has a infrastruture problem that
has been put on the back-burner for years, so we have roads, bridges,
etc, that need repair. Everybody wants a quck fix, but that's not
in the cards. Bottom line: everybody is going to pay more someplace
but we still don't want to fix the internal problems....
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OTISFL
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:54:53 AM

Money has to come from someplace or other.
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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:46:36 AM

Apparently, the state budget is in the red
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Wally3023
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:45:08 AM

Right
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VomVom
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:41:04 AM

Got to do whatever it takes to pay for road maintenance. The challenge is to find the fairest way of doing it.
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fedupMN
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:39:06 AM

Got to pay one way or another
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RBob
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:37:48 AM

With the rise of alternative fuels with no road maintenance taxes, another method of funding maintenance has got to be developed that is equitable.
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