Saw this in the Cedar Rapids Gazette today:
Road builders, contractors and their allies will gather in the Statehouse Rotunda under the banner “It’s Time for a Dime” on Wednesday in what will be the most public push for a gas tax increase to date.The Chambers of Commerce all around the State are stocked full of crack-smoking, tax-happy lunatics. That's where the most useless bureaucrats and members of the media go to lobby.
They include the Farm Bureau, the General Contractors Association, the Soybean Association, the Association of County Supervisors and the Chamber Alliance.
As far as the Farm Bureau and the Soybean Association are concerned, they are one of the reasons why our roads are deteriorating. Most cars and trucks barely cause any wear on a road's surface, but those big rigs and overweight semis cause almost all the damage. Why pay for the damage you inflict? It's better to lobby politicians, especially pro-tax-fetish Democrats (who will vote to raise taxes for any reason at any time), to screw the little guy again.
Meanwhile, at Terrace Hill:
Gov. Terry Branstad’s support is conditional on an agreement with the Legislature on commercial property tax reform.They're using the same old playbook: property tax reform. Which never hapens.
Terry Branstad has always been a tax raiser. What's new there?
This article is really written from the old playbook: The tax raisers come up with an idea, get big business and the Democrats behind it in order to screw the little guy, and now it's time to get the media on board to pressure those evil Republicans from not allowing "critical" road repairs to be funded.
Gee, it's only a dime!