Road funding measure to address critical rural needs

Iowa Farm Bureau members applauded last week’s actions by the Iowa Legislature and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to pass and sign a measure that will provide an additional $215 million per year in badly needed funding to repair the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges.

Farm Bureau members had urged lawmakers for several years to increase investments in Iowa’s transportation infrastructure. They have also advocated for an increase of the state’s fuel tax as the fairest and most equitable method of paying for needed road and bridge repairs.

"We see this as a real success story for our grassroots ap­­proach," said Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. "Members worked very hard on this, and they...

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