A special commission appointed by Governor Branstad is recommending a 10-cent/gallon increase in the Iowa's gasoline tax. The gas tax has been at 22-cents/gallon since 1989. The commission says a 10-cent increase would raise about $230 million in additional revenue that would be used for road projects. Further coverage: Radio Iowa general story about the issue. [...]
Governor Branstad has issued an order that forbids state workers from claiming reimbursement for meal expenses unless the worker is away from home overnight. Radio Iowa has more: David Roederer, the governor’s budget director, says the old rule allowed a state employee to be reimbursed for lunch if they ate outside the county in which their [...]
A special commission is studying whether Iowa should raise the fee on vehicle purchases by 1 percent. From my friends at Radio Iowa: Stuart Anderson, with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the state could collect as much as $50 million more by raising the new or used car fee by one-percent. “That fee right now [...]
The Iowa unemployment tax paid by employers will be decreasing. The average rate paid by employers in the state will drop from 2.8% to 2.4%. My friends at Radio Iowa have more.