WASHINGTON and DES MOINES, IA - Despite sharp division among state legislators to raise Iowa€™s gas taxes by up to a dime a gallon, Iowa€™s residents stand together and firmly oppose the idea, the Des Moines Register and Stateline.com report.
A recent poll reveals two out of three Iowans oppose the increase, similar resistance to how residents in Michigan and Maryland are responding to proposed tax increases.
Earlier this month, Stateline reported that in Maryland, Gov. Martin O€™Malley wants to apply the state€™s sales tax to gasoline, allowing revenues to rise automatically when the price of gasoline increases. In the meantime, residents oppose an increase, with 50 % voicing opposition to a nickel a gallon increase, and 72% opposed to a dime a gallon hike.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder needs money to repair the state€™s infrastructure and has proposed a 9 cents per gallon tax hike. A recent poll revealed 58% of residents oppose the plan, resistance that has lawmakers stymied.
"We know people don€™t want to pay more money," said Michigan state Rep. Rick Olson, adding, "But roads don€™t just fix themselves."