SOME SAY CASINO & GAS TAXES WON’T INCREASE

SIOUXLAND—REPUBLICANS IN THE IOWA HOUSE AND DEMOCRATS IN THE IOWA SENATE HAVE DRAFTED DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT PLANS TO CUT INCOME TAXES, BUT KEY LEGISLATORS FROM BOTH PARTIES AGREE LAWMAKERS AREN’T LIKELY TO RAISE EITHER THE STATE GAS TAX OR THE STATE TAX ON CASINOS.

REPRESENTATIVE TOM SANDS IS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS TAX-WRITING COMMITTEE.

A FEW WEEKS AGO GOVERNOR BRANSTAD TOLD GROUPS PUSHING FOR A GAS TAX HIKE THAT IF THEY BUILD PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE MOVE, A GAS TAX HIKE COULD HAPPEN NEXT YEAR.

SENATOR JOE BOLKCOM, A DEMOCRAT FROM IOWA CITY WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, DOUBTS LEGISLATORS WOULD VOTE IN AN ELECTION YEAR TO RAISE THE GAS TAX.

BRANSTAD’S PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE TAX ON STATE-LICENSED CASINOS FROM 22 TO 24 PERCENT, UP TO 36-PERCENT ISN’T LIKELY TO WIN LEGISLATORS APPROVAL EITHER, ACORDING TO BOLKCOM.

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