CLINTON — Iowa state legislators say Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad needs to step up and show his support if an increase in the gas tax is going to happen this year.
During a "meet and greet" between State Reps. Steve Olson, R–DeWitt, and Mary Wolfe, D-Clinton, and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors, the topic of the state's current gas tax, which has not been increased since 1989, came up. While Supervisor Jill Davisson said the increase sits pretty favorably in both Houses, Olson pointed out that there are still some who "sit on the sidelines and bash it."
"The Governor is going to have to step forward and lean on the thing if we're going to get it accomplished," Olson said. "Unless the governor really comes out and says he's going to sign on it and leans on it, I'm not sure it's going to move forward."
Wolfe said she does not know why the legislators do not pass the increase now and then leave it up to Branstad to do the right thing. Instead, she sees everyone waiting on the governor.
"It's almost like a game of chicken, where nobody wants to say yes first. Everyone wants to say yes all at once so there can't be any finger pointing," County Engineer Todd Kinney said.