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Governor Branstad Says He Might Approve Future Gas Tax Increase

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad says he might support a gasoline tax increase in 2014 or later, but not now.

Branstad said on Tuesday that he doesn't back an increase for the fiscal year that begins July 1. He says the state can meet its short-term road repair needs by cutting from other areas within the transportation department budget.

But if the agency finds savings this year, he says he would consider a future gas tax increase.

Iowa last raised its gas tax in 1989.

Supporters of a tax increase say Iowa's roads and bridges are badly in need of repairs.

Democratic Sen. Tom Rielly, of Oskaloosa, says Branstad's comment could prompt more discussion about a gas tax increase.