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Iowa Lawmakers May Boost Sales Tax for Outdoors

A fraction of a penny sales tax increase in Iowa that would go to environmental and outdoor recreational improvements may get a hearing from lawmakers in the Hawkeye state this year, according to legislative leaders.


Iowa voters changed the state constitution in 2010 to establish the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoors Trust Fund, but anti-tax sentiment in the legislature has kept the fund from being filled.


But Iowa Senate President Charles Schneider (R) and House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, also a Republican, said some lawmakers now see the idea of a small sales tax increase more favorably. Businesses have been suggesting possible projects that could benefit from a three-eighths of one cent hike to the sales tax, and the leaders told the Greater Des Moines Partnership, which supports the increase, that the discussion is drumming up interest in the statehouse.  


The proposal would generate $180 million more a year for improvements in water quality, soil conservation, wildlife habitat, and boosting outdoor recreation. Iowa’s legislature starts in January. (DES MOINES REGISTER)